Hurricane Ian took its toll on many Florida residents, and the battle isn’t over yet. Mosquitos tend to thrive right after hurricanes and storms while carrying a variety of diseases that plague the area. What can you do to protect yourself? SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ of Fort Myers and Naples is here to teach you how to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses after Hurricane Ian.
What Diseases Can Spread Through Mosquitos?
You already know that mosquitos can carry deadly diseases, but what exactly can you expect in case you get bitten? Two of the more notorious are the West Nile Virus and the Zika Virus, with other potential diseases in Florida being Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, chikungunya, and dengue. Even if you’re not familiar with the specific names, it’s better to do what you can to prevent catching any sort of disease for the sake of your health and the health of those around you.
What Does Hurricane Ian Have to Do with Mosquitos?
There is a correlation between wet or humid conditions caused by intense weather conditions and active mosquitos. Female mosquitos rely on sources of still water as a safe place to lay their eggs and produce more pesky mosquitos. After large storms and hurricanes (with Hurricane Ian being one of the more recent), a limitless number of these areas become available to mosquitos as all they need is enough water to fill a bottle cap. Wet soil also provides a decent ecosystem for mosquitos, and that could be found everywhere you look. Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to keep mosquitos from getting comfortable in and around your home.
Tips For Dealing with Mosquitos
Mosquitos may have a field day right after the event of a hurricane, especially with one as large as Hurricane Ian, but that doesn’t mean you need to accept your yard being a target. There are many ways to deter mosquitos even when you’re surrounded by the perfect environment for them to breed:
- Remove any sources of standing water. Take a moment each week to flip over any lids or buckets in your yard and look out for crevices you wouldn’t expect water to collect in such as loose tires or plant leaves.
- Keep your windows and doors closed. Be quick to close the door as soon as you enter or leave the house and don’t forget about your garage door.
- Cover yourself up. Wear clothing that covers your skin like long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks.
- Use the air conditioner. The air will blow with enough force to keep mosquitos at bay.
- Invest in a mosquito misting system. Mosquito misting solutions still work effectively in wet and humid environments by targeting female mosquitos to prevent them from breeding.
Consult the Experts at SWAT Mosquito Systems®️!
Want mosquito control that works in moist environments after a hurricane? SWAT Mosquito Systems®️ of Fort Myers and Naples can equip your yard with a solution that keeps mosquitos and any diseases they may be carrying at bay. Protect yourself from mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases by calling (954) 437-1815 for a free quote!