FORT MYERS, Fla.- This may come as a "buzz" kill, but mosquitoes are already beginning to swarm Southwest Florida. These disease-carrying insects call the area "home" from late spring through early fall. How bad the mosquito season will be all depends on the weather.
"If we continue to have rain, that means we will have freshwater mosquitoes; that's more of a problem for our inland folks. If we have less, then our salt marsh will probably be worse," says Shelly Redovan, Deputy Director of the Lee County Mosquito Control District.
Biologists from the Lee County Mosquito Control District study the pests from birth to death, working to perfect the perfect pesticide.
Treating water sources and killing mosquitoes before they can even take flight is the goal. Don't worry, the pesticides used in our water have been tested by the EPA and the Florida Department of Agriculture and are NOT a risk to humans or pets.
If not killed in the larvae stage, the insects become airborne and become a bigger problem. When mosquitoes take flight, so does Lee County Mosquito Control by helicopter and DC-3 airplane. You may hear the low rumble of the DC-3 flying overhead Wednesday night in south Cape Coral, as Lee County Mosquito Control treats the area for adult salt-water mosquitoes.
High tides, last month's Super Moon, and gusty winds made for ideal breeding conditions in April. The salt water mosquito's counterpart, the freshwater mosquito, will become more of a problem when there is more standing water in our rainy season.