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Even if yours survived the storm, they are not the best line of defense

As a large percentage of Florida begins taking stock of their homes and cities after Hurricane Irma, one thing is clear: It could have been worse. This may be a small consolation for many, but if you’re reading this, it means you are still with us (and you likely have power). It will certainly take a while, but houses and neighborhoods can – and will – be rebuilt.

One of the earliest estimates of Irma’s destruction is about $100 million, though the actual number won’t be known for some time. Another issue that understandably hasn’t yet gotten a lot of attention is a further problem caused by the storm: an influx of mosquitos.

Why would Irma make the mosquito problem worse?

Anyone who lives in South Florida knows that the mosquitos here can be bad, and they may quickly get worse. This is because, in order to lay their eggs, mosquitos need water, which is one reason why they are so prevalent in our area. Now thanks to Irma, there is a lot of standing water in many places. Add that to the heat, and it’s a perfect mosquito storm.

For years, people have been employing different tactics to keep mosquitos away, and a common one is the use of screen enclosures. Whether a pool or porch, these screens generally do a good job of letting a nice breeze in while ensuring mosquitos stay out.

However, as you may have discovered, your screens could be gone; in high winds, they are usually one of the first things to get blown away. And while you’re probably thinking about just replacing them, this may not be the best idea for a couple of reasons.

First of all, this could be a very expensive undertaking. Just replacing the screen itself may not cost you a lot, but chances are there is some structural damage that will have to be addressed. And with all of the other things you need to fix or restore, this shouldn’t be an area that steals your money or time.

Secondly, there’s a more effective and affordable way to prevent mosquitos and other biting insects from being a problem: a misting system. It’s convenient, effective, and unlikely to be damaged in high winds. A mosquito misting system also tends to cost only about 20% of the price of replacing screens and supporting structures that are lost in a storm.

How does a mosquito misting system work?

A misting system uses a liquid insecticide to keep mosquitos away from your home. Spray nozzles will be installed around your property and an automated timer will have them dispense a fine mist throughout the day. Once set up, a mosquito misting system will require very little maintenance on your part. In fact, you’ll probably forget you even have it.

The last thing you want to worry about now is having to deal with mosquitos while you get everything back in order. To give you peace of mind in this regard, just get in touch with Platinum Mosquito Protection. We will do what we can to have your misting system up and running as soon as possible so you and your family can be protected. For a free consultation, we will gladly send someone out to your home. To schedule this, just fill out our online contact form.

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