Reducing the Population of Mosquitoes on Amelia Island

Mosquitoes are just one of those annoying little things in island life that we all put up with to live in paradise. There are things you can do to minimize their existence; things that are simple and easy that can be done right at your residence.

The Mosquito

The Mosquito

Ok, raise your hand if your love the population of mosquitoes here on Amelia Island. You know the little pest, flies real slowly, comes out at dusk and again at dawn, loves ankles and arms and all warm blooded mammals? I’m not talking about the Florida State bird. I’m talking about the Florida mosquito. Does this jog your memory?

In all seriousness, mosquitoes are just one of those annoying little things in island life that we all put up with to live in paradise. There are things you can do to minimize their existence; things that are simple and easy that can be done right at your residence.

Mosquitoes are raised in shallow pools of stagnant water. This water is usually a result of a recent rain and the container that holds the water is normally an old tire, a flower pot or the corner of a lid or something as simple as an empty aluminum can. Basically anything that can hold water is a perfect spot for a mosquito to hatch. With all of the recent rain we have experienced here on Amelia Island over the past few weeks, we are facing an above average infestation of these pesky little insects.

So what can we do as responsible homeowners? Begin with being aware of items around your home that could have the potential of holding water. Next is to inspect these containers for signs of aquatic life in the form of small black “wigglers” as these are the first forms of a mosquito. Whether you find evidence that mosquitoes are present or not, dump the container holding the water and secure it so water can’t collect there in the future. Remember a mosquito’s life span is limited to just 7 to 10 days and they normally stay within 100’ from where they were born. So eliminating any breeding potential will help keep you mosquito free.

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