HomeTeam experts in Florida have been called upon this week by news media in Tampa and Orlando to comment on the so-called "super mosquito." Some researchers expect these larger-than-normal mosquitoes to swarm in greater numbers this year due in part to the mild winter. The general consensus among HomeTeam experts and entomologists is for homeowners to prepare for the mosquito season, as they should every year in Florida and elsewhere.
Did you know that Orlando was formerly named Mosquito County1, due to the large populations of these annoying pests? The "super mosquito," which is actually called the Gallinipper mosquito, is common in Florida but is typically found only in wooded areas, in small populations. The Gallinipper mosquito is much larger than the more common tiger, anopheles or culex variety.
HomeTeam experts offer the following advice for homeowners to prevent mosquitoes from taking up residence in their yard to protect their families and pets:
HomeTeam experts also recommend that residents apply a DEET-based insect repellent (according to the directions on the label) and wear light-colored, long sleeved shirt and pants for an extra layer of protection when outdoors. Mosquitoes are most active during the early morning and late evening, so avoid outdoor activity during dusk and dawn. For more information about how you can control pests in your home and yard, visit pestdefense.com.
1Source: University of South Florida, http://fcit.usf.edu/florida/maps/galleries/county/mosquito/index.php