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We recognize the utter frustration that property owners inevitably experience when mosquitoes begin to breed nearby.  These pests are known to transmit dozens of diseases so you will want to minimize their populations on your property. The blood-sucking flies have been around for millions of years, feeding on all kinds of mammals, including humans. There are so many different species that it's pretty safe to say that nearly every single creature on the planet has had to deal with them in some way, shape or form. Mosquitoes are small, but the statistics indicate that the lowly and humble mosquito is actually the deadliest creature on Earth.  We provide effective mosquito reduction in Southwest Florida to keep mosquitoes at a minimum on your property allowing you and your family an opportunity to better enjoy your outdoor living area.

Westfall's organic mosquito control is not harmful to humans or pets and can be used to reduce mosquito populations around patios, porches, playgrounds, and swimming pool areas. Mosquitoes like warm, humid, weather and need to be somewhere near still water. All species of mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and some species can do so in just a cup full of water. Even a simple puddle after a rain storm can breed mosquitoes.  Our mosquito control both repels and kills mosquitoes at all stages of growth so families can enjoy the outdoors without worrying. While mosquitoes themselves feed on nectar, females require blood to produce eggs. For this reason, they are nearly always on the lookout for new hosts. Mosquitoes are known for the spread of Zika virus, yellow fever, malaria, and West Nile virus, so protect your family today with our mosquito control program.  One of the best ways to control mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding. That's why a comprehensive mosquito control program is important for your property.  Although mosquitoes are famous for their feeding times during the dusk and dawn hours, during the day, they like to rest in cool, damp areas, normally areas thick with vegetation.

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What Happens to Mosquitoes in Winter?

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) explains the mosquito’s overwintering cycle

 FAIRFAX, VA (December 8, 2016) – Concerns over Zika virus in the U.S. were at the forefront of public health conversations this year. But what happens when the temperature drops? Do mosquitoes and the diseases they carry such as Zika virus just simply go away? Well, not exactly, says the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

According to the NPMA, how mosquitoes survive the winter differs by species. “Some mosquitoes may overwinter as adults, hibernating in places like hollow logs or burrows created by other animals. Other species may endure the winter in immature life stages, such as larvae and pupa, remaining in a state of diapause, suspending their development during the coldest months,” said Dr. Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the NPMA.

Carriers of Zika, including the yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes, overwinter in the egg stage, which means as days get shorter and temperatures begin to fall, the last surviving adult females lay their eggs in water-holding containers. The adults eventually die off while the next generation overwinters in the egg stage, waiting to hatch the following spring.

“The newly-deposited eggs survive the winter because they can withstand several months without water, as well as relatively cold conditions,” said Bentley. “As temperatures start to rise and rainfall picks back up again in spring, the eggs are re-submerged and hatch to start the next generation.”

This survival can create implications when the eggs come from an infected mosquito. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found evidence that an infected female mosquito could pass Zika onto her offspring.

“Because the Zika-carrying, Aedes species of mosquitoes overwinter in the egg stage, it could be possible for infected females to lay some eggs that could survive the winter and emerge as diseased adults the following spring,” said Bentley.

The NPMA recommends that homeowners take preventative measures, even in the fall and winter, by inspecting properties for any containers they can remove and keep from holding water. These water collection sites can be harboring eggs. “Mosquitoes need only half an inch of standing water or enough water to fill a soda cap,” said Bentley.

Although mosquitoes may be out of sight, they are waiting it out for spring.

For more information on mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry, visit PestWorld.org.

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