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Mosquitoes may be living and breeding inside your homes

Posted at 3:16 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 17:02:22-05

Not only do you have to worry about mosquitoes outside your home, but you should also be prepared to stop them from breeding inside your home.

There are two specific species of mosquitoes in the Pinellas County area that could live in both indoor or outdoor conditions. 

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The first way mosquitoes get inside your home are by openings and entrances -- for example broken windows or door screens are a perfect way for the insects to get in. 

The CDC has a list of these tips on their website: CDC controlling mosquitoes

Remove standing water where mosquitoes could lay eggs

  • Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out any items that hold water like vases and flowerpot saucers. Mosquitoes lay eggs near water.

Kill mosquitoes inside your home

  • Kill mosquitoes inside your home. Use an indoor insect fogger* or indoor insect spray* to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, and may need to be reapplied. When using insecticides, always follow label directions. Only using insecticide will not keep your home free of mosquitoes.
  • Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under the sink, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room.

Glen-Paul Edson with Pinellas County's Mosquito Control says if you have mosquitoes indoors and can't get them out, they may be able to help.

"We'll probably ask them to collect some before we get out there," he said, "if we can id them and figure out where they're coming from."