The Truth About Mosquitoes!
Because they are ubiquitous, there are many misconceptions about mosquitoes. Some of the more common ones include:
- Bug zappers are effective against mosquitoes
- Bug zappers DO NOT control mosquitoes and can reduce the populations of beneficial insects.
- Electronic Repellents keep mosquitoes away
- No they DO NOT; save your money.
- Residential vegetation can produce mosquitoes
- They may be resting in the vegetation, but standing water is required to “produce” mosquitoes.
- Bats, Owls, and other birds can control mosquitoes
- Although they may include mosquitoes in their diet, they do not consume enough mosquitoes to make an appreciable difference in their populations.
- Some mosquitoes can be 2 inches long
- They DO NOT get that big; it was probably a crane fly
- Mosquitoes nest in vegetation
- Mosquitoes DO NOT nest
- Spraying for adults is the best method of mosquito control
- Adulticiding is the least efficient method. Reducing mosquitoes before they become adults is preferable.
- The Citrosa plant repells mosquitoes
- Although Citrosa oil (citronella) has been used widely as a mosquito repellent, the undisturbed plant itself does not release these oils and is thus not effective as a repellent.
General information websites:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Traveler’s Health. http://www.cdc.gov/travel/
Florida Mosquito Control Association. http://www.floridamosquito.org/
University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Encephalitis Information System. http://eis.ifas.ufl.edu
University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Mosquito Information website. http://mosquito.ifas.ufl.edu/
This document is ENY-891, one of a series of the Department of Entomology and Nematology, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date May 2016. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.