This is the fourth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
If you have lived in Lee County for several years, then you are all too familiar with mosquitos and noseums (no-see-ums). Both of these insects bite humans and leave itchy red spots behind. So what makes them different?
The biggest difference between the two is that a mosquito is large enough to swat at, but a noseum gets its name from the fact that you cannot see them. At their full adult size, noseums are less than an eighth of an inch long.
A noseum may also be known as a biting midge or a sandy fly (even though a sand fly is technically a different insect).
These bugs are usually found outside – not in your house. However, many Lee County homeowners are upset to find these insects on their patios.
A screened-in patio area will prevent mosquitos from getting in, but you need to use a small mesh to keep the noseums at bay. They can pass through a 16-mesh insect wire and screening.
If you do venture outside, especially around dawn or dusk, you can wear an insect repellant with DEET to reduce your risk of bites.
Both mosquitos and noseums can transmit disease in Lee County, so caution is key.
In Florida, mosquito control is not left up to the individual homeowner, but is coordinated by the county.
In Lee County the Mosquito Control District controls a budget of $21 million dollars and is responsible for tracking, surveying and spraying for mosquitos.
However, Lee County homeowners can still do their part to reduce the mosquito habitat by eliminating areas of standing water in their lawns. Clogged gutters are a common mosquito breeding ground. Remove any old buckets or other containers that can hold water from your yard.
With these systems in place, you will enjoy a noticeable decrease in these pesky bugs!
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