Rain and warmth bring back mosquitoes, yellow flies to Panama City Beach

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - April showers bring May flowers, so they say, but the start of the rainy season in Northwest Florida also brings unwelcome residents as well; mosquitoes and yellow flies.

As the temperature and humidity increase, these pests begin to explode in number.

“Biting insects like yellow flies and mosquitoes, they love humidity,” said Cindy Mulla, Public Relations and Education for Panama City Beach Mosquito Control. “As temperatures are getting warmer, we’re gonna have more and more abundance of mosquitoes. The rainfall is helping to develop their eggs right now.”

Yellow flies bite and lay their eggs oftentimes in decaying vegetation, and while they can be difficult to deal with, here are a few things you can do to minimize breeding on your property.

“Cleaning up your yards,” Mulla said. “As far as getting rid of decaying vegetation and if you have anything in your wooded area at the edge of your property you could do that.”

Mosquitoes also pose a problem this time of year, but the good news is there is a lot more you can do at home to help keep their numbers down.

“For mosquitoes, you want to have no standing water around your home or your business,” Mulla said. “We recommend weekly that you take a tour of your yard looking for standing water. Flowerpots, trays, tarps, empty paint cans, birdbaths. Anything that can hold just a tablespoon of water can develop mosquitoes.”

If you have a mosquito problem, you can always contact Panama City Beach Mosquito Control.

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