Among the greatest advantages of living in Florida are the weather and the ability to be outside nearly year-round. Unfortunately, that great weather makes the Florida Panhandle an excellent home for mosquitoes. We all know the familiar bite of the mosquito. These tiny pests can be so abundant that they keep us indoors, especially in the early morning, at dusk, and in shaded areas. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, but they also pose a significant health risk, as they can carry diseases including West Nile Virus, malaria, and dengue. Their bite can transmit these diseases to you, your family, and your pets.
Residential Mosquito Control
We have developed an affordable program tailored for the Florida Panhandle to drastically reduce the mosquito population in your yard. This will reduce the number of bites you, your kids, and your pets receive, thus reducing your exposure to the diseases these pest carry. Our technicians will evaluate your yard and property and create a Superior Mosquito Management Program tailored for you. This program includes empowering you with knowledge of non-chemical solutions, as well as the best mosquito treatment strategy to take back your yard.
Special Event Mosquito Control
Don’t let mosquitoes suck the life out of your party! We offer a one time mosquito control service for special events. We can treat your yard or work with your privately owned outdoor venue where you are planning your special events such as weddings, birthday parties, family reunions, or any other outdoor gathering.
Mosquitoes and their larvae do have natural predators. Fish, frogs, and the nymphs of dragonflies and damselflies will eat the larvae. Birds, bats, frogs, and adult dragonflies and damselflies will eat adult mosquitoes. Even the abundance of these mosquito predators in our area cannot keep up with the high reproduction rate of the mosquito.
According to a 2004 study conducted by the University of Kentucky, the combination of Demand® CS insecticide and Archer® insect growth regulator (IGR) provides a significant reduction in mosquito population with just one treatment as little as every 60 days. After treating the places where mosquitoes land, the chemical combination delivers a 60% reduction in mosquito population lasting more than six weeks. This produced an approximately 73% reduction in mosquito bites and 80% reduction in mosquito landing rates over a nine-week time frame.
The study, conducted during the summer of 2004, involved 24 single-family homes from 8 suburban Lexington, KY neighborhoods. The homes were on lots ranging from 1/4 to 1 acre with similar types and density of plant materials. Care was taken to select homes with an abundance of shade and plant life in order to increase the likelihood of mosquito infestation. Treatments were applied by a single technician from a local pest control firm.
As illustrated by the charts above, the weather in Lexington is quite different from that in Pensacola and the rest of the Florida Panhandle. Mosquito season starts when temperatures are constantly 50 degrees or more. That means Florida’s mosquito season runs virtually all year.
Spring, summer, and fall temperatures are noticeably warmer in Florida, and there is nearly twice as much rain and humidity. These factors create conditions favorable to a much stronger mosquito population in the panhandle area than in the Kentucky neighborhoods where the study was conducted. The increased mosquito population, coupled with factors that cause chemicals to breakdown faster here in the panhandle means that the 60-day treatment cycle is overly optimistic, if not impossible in our area. We can provide the results found in the study with a slightly more frequent application.
If you would like to learn more about mosquitoes, their habitat, and the risks they pose to you and your family, visit the University of Florida’s Mosquito Information Website.
To learn more about protecting your home and family with the Superior Mosquito Management Program, contact us today.