As summer fades into fall, many areas of Florida experience high levels of rainfall. And as surely as lightning leads to thunder, soggy conditions are a breeding ground for mosquitoes. As UF/IFAS Entomologist Dr. Estelle Martin explains, it usually takes about two weeks following a major rain event for mosquitoes to reach their peak activity.
However, there are many simple precautions you can take to mitigate mosquito bites, and many useful resources are available at the UF/IFAS Extension Bookstore.
Common Mosquitoes of Florida ID Deck
Some mosquito species don’t feed on humans, but some do, and they can transmit diseases like malaria and dengue fever. This ring-bound pocket guide is a Who’s Who and Who Vectors What of Florida’s 33 mosquito species. Full-color mug shots and key characteristics help identify each species, while range maps, larval habitats, and feeding times are useful in controlling and avoiding mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes & Their Control
Integrated Pest Management for Mosquito Reduction Around Homes and Neighborhoods
This brief and colorful booklet gives you the buzz on mosquitoes—their habitats, life cycle and behavior, as well as how to control them—what works (and what doesn’t). Each booklet has a 12” x 9” centerfold poster with simple methods for reducing mosquito bites when you’re outdoors. Written by faculty at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and mosquito control experts throughout the state, Mosquitoes & Their Control is a useful tool for informing the public about Florida’s “state bird.”
Essential Mosquito Control Tips for Homeowners
Simple steps anyone can take to control mosquitoes are outlined on this hand-illustrated 16″ x 11″ infographic poster.
Important Vectors of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya Viruses
This full color, 12″ x 18″ poster shows the life cycle of mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, known carriers of Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya, as well as symptoms of these diseases.
For more, visit ifasbooks.ifas.ufl.edu