Mosquito Reduction – Mosquito Myths

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.

 Additional Information

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/

References:

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.