Mosquitoes Buzzing Around a Little Early
"It's a very early year for them," said John Cooksey.
Them meaning those mosquitoes that buzz around by your front door light.
"We had a warm winter, we had drought conditions during the winter and we got some rain in the spring which really brought this huge population of mosquitoes right out," said Cooksey.
John Cooksey is the owner of McCall Pest Control. He says more people have called him this year about a mosquito problem than in prior years.
"What we generally see when we go to somebody's house that we are going to treat for mosquitoes, is they have lots of resting areas around the house. Those are usually shrubs
and lots of bushes and tress," said Cooksey.
Your kids toys can also be a traget for mosquito bredding, so make sure to dump out all of the water. University of Florida Associate Professor of Entomology Phillip Kaufman says one of the most common mosquitoes here in Gainesville is the asian tiger.
"It's a daytime biter, so it doesn't bother people at night or even in the evenings. But it is one that is very much associated with people and their yeards. So people actually breed that
mosquito in their yards and then the mosquito feeds on them locally," said Kaufman.
Now apparently mosquitoes are not the only insects causing complaints.
"It's been a huge year for fleas as well. We are getting a lot of calls for people having them on their dogs, on their cats and even in their houses," said Cooksey.
Adding to the discomfort of residents of North Central Florida.
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