Thousands of people around the world come to Florida every year to bask in the sun and to enjoy the state's many venues like Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, the Sunshine State attracts many unwanted pests because of its tropical, humid climate. With Florida's high humidity, mosquitoes call this southernmost state home and create a nuisance for those who live and visit here.
What Attracts Mosquitoes to Florida?
It's not the heat that attracts mosquitoes but the high humidity. Florida has extreme humidity every day due to its subtropical climate. Thunderstorms build up during the extreme heat of the day and produce heavy rainfall, albeit for a short time. This rainfall leaves behind tiny puddles and fills up empty flowerpots and other containers in residential yards.
Mosquitoes require water for breeding, and the afternoon storms offer ample places for the females to lay their eggs. You would think that the Florida sun would dry up all the rain, but the humidity keeps the moisture locked in and gives the eggs a chance to hatch and the larvae time to develop into adults in two or three days.
Why Mosquitoes Pose a Threat to People
Because mosquitoes feed on blood, they're a problem for people in Venice and beyond. These pests transmit various diseases as they go from person to person while gorging on blood. They're responsible for spreading the West Nile virus, malaria and chikungunya to thousands of people every year. In fact, mosquitoes are the culprits behind the dreaded Zika virus, a nasty infection that may cause birth defects in pregnant women.
Mosquitoes harm both people and animals. Numerous pet owners in Florida take preventative measures to combat heartworms in their dogs. A heartworm infection is difficult to cure and can kill a dog if it's not treated in time.
Take Action With Professional Pest Control
It's not possible to wipe out mosquitoes altogether, but it is possible to prevent an unwanted infestation in your yard. If mosquitoes keep you locked indoors, contact the professionals at Venice Pest Control. We have served Venice and the surrounding areas for more than 40 years and can provide a total mosquito elimination plan. We'll treat an existing infestation on your property while creating a barrier and keeping out mosquitoes throughout Florida's most humid months.