If you have ever been in or near any humid or tropical environment, you are well aware of the evil nuisance that is mosquitoes. For those of us living in dryer climates where their presence is either a rarity or completely nonexistent, it can be alarming to have to deal with them on a daily basis. And unfortunately, Florida, undoubtedly one of the best and most popular places to go vacationing, is riddled with them. So what is the best way to deal with their plaguing presence in the hot, humid months of June through August?
The answer is to anticipate their attack and be prepared before they strike!
Mosquitoes are one of the most defining characteristics of the tropics. Naturally, they prefer humid weather and tend to culminate near various bodies of water, be it a pool, waterway, canal, and especially all of Florida's swampy areas. If you are renting a beach house near any standing body of water, the best thing to do is to make sure that the home have a screen enclosure. Screened porches are a big plus in Florida! They act as an impenetrable force field that not blocks the mosquitoes, but also helps keep flies and other unwanted pests out of your rental property.
Despite being known for their attraction to water-based region, the closer your rental is to the ocean, the less likely you are to encounter them! It does often depend on the direction of the wind, which may unfortunately blow small clouds of them here and there along the sand, but compared to what you will see around beach properties located along waterways. This of course provides everyone with another great excuse to spend as much time as you can soaking up the sun all along Florida's famous beaches, including Miami Beach
, Daytona Beach
, and along the most south and southwest regions of the state, Longboat Key
, Siesta Key
, and the many Florida Keys
just to name a few.
Aside from the terrible one might feel after being stung by a mosquito, there is also the uneasy knowledge that mosquitoes are known for carrying diseases and although this is not something we usually have to worry about in the United States, it is definitely a thought that remains in the back of average vacationers mind when traveling down south. Rest assured however that many Florida counties have taken measures against any potential insect-related threats by enforcing an aggressive type of mosquito control known as vector control. Their job is to study the insects activity in any given region and keep the mosquito, among other bugs, population at a controlled level. If you are someone who has "sweet blood", an expression often used to describe people who seem to have a knack for getting bitten frequently (an experience, which is not sweet in the least, unfortunately), don't hesitate to ask the home owner or manager about the level of vector control before your make you vacation beach house reservation. It's true that mosquitoes are often sited as being the most unpleasant part of anyone?s vacationing experience, but with a little bit of repellent and by asking vacation rental owners the right questions, it can be fairly easy to keep them from being the focus of your stay!