Midge and Mosquito Prevention & Control
Controlling mosquitoes and midges is essential for lakeside residents. Lake and Wetland Management, Inc. provides mosquito and midge larvae control via the use of proven larvicides. We also utilize the stocking of native mosquitofish. Additionally, custom control will be created for a more effective approach to Midge and Mosquito Management.
Aquatic midges are mosquito-like insects that live around eutrophic environments that are nutrient-rich. These are also called ‘blind-mosquitoes,’ which are insects that do not carry disease or bite.
In large quantities, they can become a nuisance to lakes and ponds, especially in residential properties. The eggs are laid on the service and done in mass. The stages of midges consist of:
Midges are difficult to kill because the larvae live at the bottom of lakes and rivers. Having many midges at a body of water can be mainly due to eutrophication.
Mosquitoes are popular in the state of Florida from the high humidity. In order to control the mosquito population, the larvae and pupae must be searched and managed.
Mosquito management is used through pesticides that are used for ground larviciding. The staff of Lake and Wetland Management will analyze the problem of the mosquitoes and take the correct action to control them.
How to Manage & Control Mosquitos
Chemical pesticides are widely used to control midge and mosquito populations. However, chemical pesticides can potentially be harmful to us humans, our pets, and other wildlife such as birds, fish, and amphibians. Instead of dangerous chemical pesticides, Lake & Wetland Management recommends and uses VectoBac, a commercial concentration of the bacteria, Bacillus thringiensis israelensis (Bti). VectoBac is a naturally occurring, biodegradable biological product, certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Also, VectoBac has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommendation formulation for the control of mosquito larvae.
Found naturally in soil, on vegetation, and in aquatic habitats. VectoBac employs the same species of bacteria successfully used to combat exotic invasive Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar) caterpillar hordes in the northeast United States. VectoBac is not harmful to humans, our pets, livestock, or vertebrate wildlife. Our VectoBac applications affect only aquatic insect larvae such as midge and mosquito larvae, as well as other harmful aquatic biting fly larvae such as Yellow Flies, horseflies, and biting midges (“no-see-ums”).
VectoBac can be found naturally in:
- Aquatic Habitats
However, VectoBac does not affect adult insects. But by controlling midge and mosquito larvae, VectoBac can help combat insects that carry viruses such as:
- Zika Virus
- West Nile Encephalitis
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Louis Encephalitis
These viruses can severely affect humans, birds, and horses.
VectoBac is most effective when applied on a regular schedule, or at least several times over the course of a season, to best combat any new generations of midge and mosquito larvae spawned by adults flying into the area.
The Eastern Mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki, is a native Floridian and a cousin of the Guppy, and like the Guppy, the mosquitofish bears live young. The little mosquitofish is renowned for its toughness, adaptability, and tolerance of a wide range of water temperature and salinity. Not to mention, its well-earned reputation as a mosquito-eating machine. This small surface-dwelling fish has an upturned mouth and specializes in preying upon the aquatic larvae of mosquitoes and midges. It has been introduced around the world to combat the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as the Zika Virus, West Nile Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis viruses that can severely affect humans, birds, and horses. In turn, because of its adaptability and high reproductive rate, the Eastern Mosquitofish is an important forage fish for larger fish, birds, and other wildlife.
Lake & Wetland Management stocks Eastern Mosquitofish year-round in ponds, lakes, and wetlands of all sizes. And because the mosquitofish is native to Florida, it naturally reproduces in our waterways to deliver effective natural mosquito control generation after generation, year after year.
Bat Box Installation
One Little Brown Bat can potentially catch up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in a single hour, and the number of mosquitoes and midges consumed by a large bat colony can be truly amazing. For example, one Florida colony of Southeastern Myotis Bats was calculated to capture 50 tons of insects annually, including over 15 tons of mosquitoes. Bats can significantly reduce numbers of mosquitoes and cut down on the number of insect bites and the potential for dangerous mosquito-borne disease transmission, including Zika Virus, West Nile Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis, viruses that can severely affect humans, birds, and horses.
Several species of bats are native to Florida all or part of the year, and many are easily attracted to bat boxes mounted on poles in open areas or on outbuildings. Lake and Wetland Management has installed countless bat boxes for customers throughout Florida to protect their families, communities, pets, and livestock from painful insect bites and the threat of mosquito-borne illness. In addition to their benefit as all-natural insect control, bats can be wonderfully entertaining to watch in the evening as they leave their roosts to hunt insects gracefully.
With Lake and Wetland’s midge and mosquito management, not only do you provide a habitat for Florida’s wonderful native bat species, but you also significantly reduce the number of biting insect in your neighborhood. Contact our professionals today for proper midge and mosquito control services for your home or business.