The name “mosquito” is believed to derive from the words “little fly,” but when one bites, it might not feel so small!
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Even though we use one word to describe all of them, there are actually over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes.
Two types of mosquitoes found in Southwest Florida are:
- Freshwater Mosquitoes
- Salt Marsh Mosquitoes
Freshwater mosquitoes require standing water to lay their eggs, and if it doesn’t rain enough to allow for water
to remain stagnant for several days their population will not grow exponentially. They’re generally found near fresh water sources like lakes, ponds, and some of the ‘summer only’ water reservoirs around Southwest Florida.
Salt marsh mosquitoes lay their eggs in the ground and as the tide comes in, the eggs hatch. Our area is prone to these types of mosquitoes because of our subtropical climate. The extensive coastline and flat topography creates a lot of salt marsh land which allows for year-round reproduction. Lee County alone has over 56,000 acres of salt marsh that breed mosquitoes.
Coastal areas generally have the most exposure to salt marsh mosquitoes. People living in the southwest section of Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Beach, Naples (by the beach), and the islands of Sanibel and Captiva are most likely to experience these fierce biters around their home.
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