You almost can’t go an entire week without hearing about some new mosquito species in Florida. This time, there are two new species to add to the list of hundreds, and you can thank the state’s warm winter and an excess amount of moisture for that! Since any of these biting insects are capable of spreading diseases, you should take the time to catch up on the latest news and stay informed as much as possible. SWAT Mosquito Systems Miami and Fort Lauderdale will help you out by introducing these two species of mosquitoes that are new to Florida along with ways you can protect yourself.
The Aedes Scapularis – A Golden Mosquito
Identifying this new mosquito is rather easy because of its unmistakable shiny gold body. Coming from different regions like Brazil and Latin America, the Aedes scapularis (or golden mosquito) is known for carrying a great many diseases including yellow fever and different varieties of encephalitis. This golden mosquito is especially troublesome because they’re not content with enjoying the nice outdoors. This species will make active attempts to slide their way into homes when you least expect it. Other than that, the golden mosquito is attracted to both humans and birds.
How To Spot A Golden Mosquito:
● A shiny golden body
● Yellow and white scales
● Brown hair
● Can be found indoors
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The Aedes Notoscriptus – Native To Australia
The other mosquito that is new to Florida to be on the lookout for is called the Aedes notoscriptus, also known as the Australian backyard mosquito. This mosquito can be identified by its many white spots, some of them in the form of white scales. Like the Aedes scapularis, the Australian backyard mosquito doesn’t only take blood from humans. They’ll feed on most mammals, including dogs and cats. In fact, the Aedes notoscriptus can spread heartworm in dogs. They’re also not shy to make their way around heavily populated urban areas, but that’s not even the scariest part about this mosquito. While many common mosquitoes are only active during daybreak and sunset, this Australian mosquito stays on high alert during the day and night.
How To Spot An Australian Backyard Mosquito:
● Bright white scales throughout a dark brown body
● Gold and white stripes
● Golden fur lining the wings
● Can be found throughout urban areas
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Ways To Protect Yourself From These New Mosquito Species
Since these newly introduced mosquito variants come with unique traits, you may be wondering how to protect yourself. Thankfully, you can continue with your usual mosquito-repelling practices that work. That includes applying lotions and sprays to your body whenever you go outside and installing quality mosquito control throughout your yard. The best mosquito treatment known to work for yard protection is the mosquito misting system. These automated systems are made with a solution that specifically targets adult female mosquitoes (the ones that breed) along with eggs and larvae for noticeable and permanent results. Although the Aedes scapularis and notoscriptus are fairly new to Florida. A reliable mosquito misting system should still prove to be effective since these products are designed to target the mosquito population as a whole.
Call SWAT For Effective Mosquito Coverage!
If you want to keep your yard free of these new mosquito species invading Florida, call SWAT Mosquito Systems Miami and Fort Lauderdale at (954) 437-1815 to ask about our automated misting systems! We’ll gladly offer you a free quote before equipping your home with a custom system complete with a remote control so you can experience mosquito relief all hours of the day.