Hillsborough County offers 6 steps to reduce mosquito populations in your neighborhood

As the weather gets warmer here in Florida, the better it is for mosquitoes. The peak mosquito season is during the hot Florida summer where they thrive on the humidity and standing pools of water from the frequent afternoon thunderstorms.

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Several of the mosquito species found in Florida are capable of transmitting diseases to humans, horses, and other animals. Symptoms of these illnesses can range from mild to very severe.

Of the more than 40 species of mosquitoes that live in Hillsborough County, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) have become significant pests because they closely associate with humans. In addition to being active at dusk and dawn, they typically fly and feed in the daytime. These mosquitoes can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, yellow fever viruses, and other illnesses.

The Asian tiger and yellow fever mosquitoes breed only in containers of water, not in puddles, ponds, or ditches, and the best way to control them is by eliminating their breeding places.

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The easiest way to prevent mosquito bites is to stop them from breeding in the first place. Mosquito larvae need water to grow, so the most effective method to keep them from reproducing is to deprive them of water.

Hillsborough County officials offer these six steps to reduce mosquito breeding:

  1. Drain water from garbage cans, gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots, or any other containers where water has collected.
  2. Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren’t being used.
  3. Empty and clean birdbaths and pet bowls.
  4. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps so they don’t accumulate water.
  5. Maintain the water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
  6. Repair leaky pipes, outdoor faucets, and faulty septic systems. Don’t let runoff water from air conditioners collect in shady areas.

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