Insects, Spiders, and Other Bugs in the Everglades 

grasshoppersIt’s summertime in the Everglades, which means there’s a lot of bugs out there. When visiting the Everglades for an airboat tour, it’s best you come prepared with bug spray (or put it on ahead of time), as well as proper clothing to keep your skin protected from bugs.  

Thousands upon thousands of insects, spiders, centipedes and millipedes call the Everglades “home.” From mosquitos and flies to butterflies and golden silk orb weaver, there are seemingly endless species of these “pests” living in the Everglades. We may clarify them as pests, but they are critical to the ecosystem as many are food sources for other animals, mammals, and birdsSpiders, for example, feed on insects and other “pests,” as well. Not ever bug species is beautiful and charming like a ladybug or butterfly, but they are play their part to the ecosystem 

When it comes to insects, they represent about 90 percent of all life forms on Earth – that’s a lot of bugs! Throughout the world, more than one million insect species have been identified, but it is believed there may be more than 10 million species out there. As you can see, it’s a nearly impossible task to count how many bugs are in the Everglades, and no park-wide inventory has been done; however, the South Florida Collections Management Center currently curates more than 5,000 insect specimens from the Everglades.  

Insects don’t have a backbone and they are a type of invertebrate. They have a hard-exterior body covering caused an exoskeleton. They are cold blooded and do not have lungs.   

Arachnids, which are spiders, mites, ticks, scorpions, pseudoscorpions, and whip scorpions can all be found in the Everglades. 

Centipedes are long, thin arthropods and have fewer than 20 legs or as much as 300 legs despite the “centi” in their name. They live in the Everglades, but usually aren’t seen because they are mostly nocturnal. 

Millipedes are commonly seen in the Everglades and they do not bite or sting. They are longer and thinner than centipedes and they can have anywhere from 36 to 400 legs. They are slower than centipedes. 

If you stick to paths and sit on an airboat, you won’t be bothered by too many bugs, but it’s always important to come prepared with bug spray. If you’re a lover of spiders, insects, and other creepy crawly creatures, come out on an airboat tour and see if you can spot any bugs crawling or flying around.  

While on an airboat tour, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of bugs (and not even know it) during your adventure. 

To book an airboat tour with Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours, call 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours page. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

Going on an Airboat Tour in the Everglades During the Wet Season 

airboat tourIt’s June right now, which means we are in the middle of the wet season in Florida and the Everglades. The summer wet season stretches from May to November. 

Before heading out into the Everglades on an airboat tourit’s good to be prepared in knowing what to expect of the Everglades and environment during this wet season. 

  • Average temperatures can be as high at 90 degrees. 
  • Humidity can be over 90 percent. 
  • Heat index can be over 100 degrees. 
  • On most days, you can expect an afternoon thunderstorm. These storms usually pass by quickly. 
  • Weather can be unpredictable (more than usual) due to torrential rain and thunderstorms – it’s hard to say when they’ll arrive and for how long. They can appear out of nowhere on the radar! 
  • It’s harder to see wildlife during this time of year because of the wetter conditions, higher water levels, and high temperatures. 
  • Insects are in high numbers, including mosquitoes, so it’s best you come equipped with bug spray or clothing to minimize the amount of exposed skin. 
  • Some facilities and areas in the Everglades may be closed or partially closed during this season. 
  • Less people visit the Everglades during this time of year, which makes it easier to explore and it is quieter. 
  • The end of the wet season is also hurricane season.  

Explore the Everglades by Airboat During the Wet Season 

Come out and explore the Everglades during the wet season. It’s a great way to cool down as you feel the breeze on your face as you glide across the waters.  

If you want to be on the safe side, book an airboat tour in the morning to avoid storms and the hottest weather.  

Remember to come prepared with bug spray, hats, sunglasses, and water, so you can have a comfortable trip.  

Unfortunately, you may not see as much wildlife as you would during the dry season, but they’re still plenty of creatures around and it’s not surprising to see alligators and birds 

It’s a great time of year to experience the Everglades without big crowds. 

Whether it’s the wet or dry season, Captain Mitch’s airboats are out on the water!  

Come enjoy a fun trip out on the water exploring the Everglades. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

To book an airboat trip in the Everglades, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 239-695-3377 or click Everglades airboat tour page. 

 

 

Everglades City: A Little Background on the City Where Captain Mitch Grew Up

everglades cityCaptain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours is located in Everglades City, Florida. Our tours take people on a magical trip through the Everglades. For this article, we wanted to share with you a little bit about Everglades City.  

Everglades City is a small community in southern Florida. Actually, it is a small island and one of the Ten Thousand Islands (10,000 islands) in the Everglades National Park. This small city was the founding county seat of Collier County.  

Collier county, Florida, was created by Barron Gift Collier when he bought part of Lee county and part of Monroe county for penny’s an acre as wetlands. Collier was an American advertising entrepreneur who became the largest landowner and developer in Florida.  

The land he bought is now some of the most wanted lands on the Gulf Coast side of Florida. Between the Ten Thousand Islands, Everglades National Park, the Big Cypress National Preserve, world-class fishing, hunting, and of course, airboat tours and rides, Everglades City is a great place to explore, visit, and relax! 

Everglades City and Captain Mitch is nearby to Marco Island, Naples, and Fort Myers.  

Captain Mitch himself is from Everglades City. He is a born and raised southern Floridian. 

As an airboat tour owner, Captain Mitch has been giving private airboat tours in Everglades City in the tourist industry for more than 30 years.  

Your time on Captain Mitch tour will be one of your greatest memories of the Everglades and Everglades City, whether you are visiting or a year-round resident. We hope to see you soon! 

Come enjoy a fun trip out on the water exploring the Everglades on an airboat tour that leaves from Everglades City.. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

To book an airboat trip in the Everglades, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 239-695-3377 or click Everglades airboat tour page. 

 

Reasons You Must Experience a Captain Mitch Airboat Tour in the Everglades 

airboat tourAirboats are iconic in the Everglades, and if you’ve never experienced a ride on an airboat tour, we highly recommend you do – it is an experience like no others.  Airboat tours are fun for all ages and give you an amazing view of the Everglades. 

For this article, we wanted to share with you some reasons you should go on a Captain Mitch airboat tour the next time you’re in Florida or in the Everglades. 

  • Any age can enjoy these rides. 
  • You’ll learn a lot about wildlife, plant life, and the Everglades from the airboat captain. 
  • You will see wildlife and plants that don’t live or grow anywhere else in the world.  
  • You’ll get close to alligators.  
  • You get a lot of bang for your buck! It’s $40 ($20 for a child) for a full hour of exploring and learning about the Everglades up close and personal.  
  • The airboat is safely equipped in case of any emergency. Life jackets and ear protection are provided. 
  • You will never feel too hot from the breeze as you glide on through the waters.  
  • You can make a reservation beforehand, so you don’t have to wait in long lines like at an amusement park.  
  • Airboats are properly maintained and inspected throughout the year, so they are working properly and safe.  
  • You get the chance to possibly see alligators, birds, turtles, fish, and other wildlife. 
  • You get to go fast on the water. 
  • You will have breathtaking views of the Everglades. 
  • You get views of the Everglades you can’t get anywhere else. 
  • You get a private tour. 
  • Airboats can go in places big boats cannot go. 
  • You can enjoy this experience with family and friends. 
  • You will see different things each time you go out on an airboat. 

Explore the Everglades by Private Airboat with Captain Mitch  

Captain Mitch giving airboat tours for more than 30 years in the Everglades. Captain Mitch and his team have an extensive knowledge of the area – you will learn so much while having fun exploring the Everglades’ ecosystem. Whether this is your first time on an airboat or your 100th  time, we know you’ll have a memorable experience. 

  Come check out the Everglades with Captain Mitch. We have the best airboat tours around! To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

 

Everglades Mammals: Florida Bonneted Bat 

habitatsThe Florida Bonneted bat is one of many bat species living in the Everglades. Unfortunately, in 2013, this bat was classified as endangered.  

This species of bat is found only in southern Florida and has one of the most restricted ranges as this bat is non-migratory.  

It is the largest of the bat species in Florida. It can grow up to 6.5 inches in size with a 21-inch wingspan. Although a larger bat, it only weighs up to 1.7 ounces. Its tail extends beyond a short tail membrane.  

The Florida bonneted bat eats beetles, flies and other insects.  

You can find this bat in wetlands and forests. These bats roost themselves in tree cavities, cliff crevices, and buildings. This bat doesn’t just live in rural and wooded areas, it can be found in residential and urban areas, as well.  

This bat’s fur can range in color from a dark gray to a gray with brown in it. These bats give birth to one baby (pup) at a time but may have more than one pup in a year. Baby bats are born usually between June and September.  

The reason the Florida bonneted bat is endangered is because of its small habitat, which is threatened by human population growth, development, agriculture, habitat loss, climate change, and more. This bat has a small population with few colonies, which means they are slow to reproduce, which makes them even more vulnerable. Other threats to this bat include: hurricanes, pesticides, human removal from urban/residential areas, species competition for roost sites, disease, and predation.  

Come explore the Florida bonneted bat’s precious habitat for yourself. An airboat ride is the best way to explore the Everglades. 

Our captains are trained, experienced, and knowledgeable on airboats and the Everglades. Ask us questions! 

Our guides and team know the Everglades well! Our airboat tours are fun and educational for the whole family! Get excited you’re in for a fun ride! 

Call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours page. Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

Facts About Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  

airboat toursAirboats and Everglades famously go together and there’s quite a few airboat companies out there, but we’re here to tell you Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours are the best airboat tours in town! 

Here are some reasons why you should come experience a Captain Mitch airboat tour over any other company: 

  • Captain Mitch has the oldest family in the airboat ride industry of south Florida.  
  • Captain Mitch’s family has been in the airboat tour business for more than 60 years.  
  • On these tours, you see alligators, birds, fish, snakes, and more.  
  • Captain Mitch’s great grandfather Captain Barrel Head House and Captain Doug’s grandfather built the first commercial airboat in the Everglades in 1941.  
  • Captain Mitch was born and raised in Everglades City, Fl.  
  • Captain Rick was born and raised in Everglades City, Fl.  
  • Captain Stanford was born and raised in Everglades City, Fl.  
  • Captain James lives in Plantation Island, Fl.  
  • Captain Conrad lives in Naples, Florida.  
  • Captain Jack comes from Everglades City, Fl.  
  • These tours are one hour long.  
  • We offer discounts and coupon codes throughout the year.  
  • Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours is the original small Airboat Tours in Everglades City, FL. 
  • Our tours give you the ability to experience the thrill of flying like a true Florida Everglades local across the grass land swamps. 
  •  We are in the grass area of Big Cypress national preserve and Everglades National Park.  
  • Our airboat tours are just minutes from Naples, Marco island and Fort Myers, Florida. 

Travel like a real pioneer with an old pioneer family! To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

 

 

 

 

All About the American Alligator in the Everglades 

wildlife in the evergladesOne of the most sought out sights in the Everglades is the American alligator, which is basically iconic to Florida. You can find this alligator in freshwater swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes, and other small bodies of water.  

An adult male American alligator can reach up to 15 feet in length while the female can reach up to 10 feet in length. Their snouts are broad. Young alligators eat insects, small fish and frogs, while adults eat fish, turtles, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and small alligators.  

Depending where the alligator lives, it’s colors can change from olive, to gray, to brown or black with a cream-colored underside.  

Mating usually occurs in the spring and can last for several hours. A female alligator will choose a place to nest above the water level. Females stay near the nest during the 58 to 63-day incubation period. She will protect the nest from danger. The temperature determines the sex of the hatchlings. Incubation from 90 to 93 degrees produces males while 82 to 86 degrees produces females and anything in between produces both.  

Once they hatch, the female will carry eight to 10 babies in her mouth to the water. The babies will grow fast, about one foot per year for the first few years of life.  

Alligators are native to the Everglades and are an important part of the area’s ecosystem. Many other species use alligator holes/nests as a refuge and shelter.  

 For the most part, alligator attacks on humans do not occur, unless there is an illegal feeding incident. In the Everglades, it is illegal to feed, bother, or provoke alligators.  

Currently, alligators are thriving in the Everglades and Florida and have not been on the Endangered Species list since 1987; however, alligators do have a new-ish predator, the Burmese python, which can kill and eat an alligator. People are working hard to remove the pythons from the Everglades, as they are invasive and killing the native animals and hurting the local ecosystem.  

Come on out on an airboat tour and see an alligator (or many) up close!  To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

  

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Why an Airboat Tour is One of the Best Activities You’ll Ever Do 

airboat tourHave you ever been on an airboat tour through the Everglades? No? Try it out! Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours will give you a lifetime experience like no other. You’ll never forget it! 

For this article, we wanted to share with you some reasons why an airboat tour is one of the best activities that you’ll ever do in Florida or any trip.  

  • Airboat tours are fun for people of all ages! 
  • These tours are more eco-friendly than boats as they don’t destroy the environment or species’ habitats or create a lot of pollution.  
  • You’ll learn a lot about wildlife, plant life, and the Everglades from the airboat captain. 
  • The airboat is safely equipped in case of any emergency. Life jackets and ear protection are provided. 
  • Airboats are properly maintained and inspected throughout the year, so they are working properly. 
  • It’s affordable 
  • You get the chance to possibly see alligators, birds, turtles, fish, and other wildlife. 
  • You’ll get to go fast (safely) on the water. 
  • You will have breathtaking views of the Everglades. 
  • You get views of the Everglades you can’t get anywhere else. 
  • Airboats can go into areas where bigger boats cannot.  
  • You get a private tour. 
  • You can be close to wildlife.  
  • Airboats can go in places big boats cannot go. 
  • You can enjoy this experience with family and friends. 
  • You will see different things each time you go out on an airboat. 

Explore the Everglades by Private Airboat 

Captain Mitch has been involved in airboat tours for more than 30 years in the Everglades. Captain Mitch and his team are filled with so much knowledge of the area – you will learn so much while having fun exploring the Everglades’ ecosystem. We promise this will be a memorable trip for you.  

Airboat tours are fun for everyone, whether it’s your first or fifteenth trip!  To book an airboat tour, call Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065 or click our Private Everglades Airboat Tours page. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

 

 

 

Airboat Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic  

covid-19Safety is important with everything in life, especially with the current worldwide pandemic going on. At Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours, we offer private tours on private land.  

We will be returning to our roots of private tours as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus)We are continuing to monitor COVID-19 and we want you to know we are committed to helping stop the spread of this virus. We are a family owned business, for your safety and the safety of our employees we are diligently sanitizing our facility and equipment multiple times per day.  

We will offer private group tours at $50 per person, plus tax (four-person minimum). Reservations are suggested and coupons are NOT valid on private tour. 

Going on a private airboat tour is a great way to get outside while social distancing and having fun.  It’s aexperience that you’ll never forget 

 Airboats are fun to ride, but accidents can occur just like in a car, kayak, boat, train, bicycle, ride, or any other moving vehicle or vessel.  If you equip yourself with the proper safety knowledge and ride with a reputable company, like Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours, you will have a safe trip. 

Captain Mitch has been in the airboat tour business since he was little. He has more than 30 years of experience chartering through the Everglades and prides himself on taking people on fun and safe airboat tours. 

On an airboat tour, our airboat captains will instruct passengers on safety precautions before departing.  

Here are the safety measures and guidelines that airboats must meet, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, to help ensure an airboat trip will be a safe experience: 

  1. Propeller Safety – No one is allowed near the propeller. All items and equipment must be secured, so they do not get caught in the propeller. 
  1. Safety Equipment – Airboats must be equipped with ear protection, eye protection, first-aid kitcell phone in a water-proof buoyant case, drinking water and a B-1 type approved fire extinguisher. 
  1. Pre-Operation Checklist – Before leaving, the captain will check the boat to make sure everything is working properly to avoid accidents, injuries, and mechanical breakdowns. 
  1. Weather – Weather is unpredictable, so the airboat captains keep an eye on the weather forecast throughout the day. When it comes to lightning, high wind, and thunderstorms, airboats will be docked. Airboats can operate during fog but will go slower and turn on strobe lights. 
  1. Navigation – Airboat captains are trained in proper maneuvering and navigation techniques to get through tight areas and blind spots. They also know the airboat routes like the back of their hand and can report their location in case of an emergency.  While steering the airboat, the airboat captains also look out for obstacles such as wildlife, other boats, plant life or other obstructions to stay away from. 
  1. Preventative maintenance – Every week, captains work hard to keep the airboat clean and working efficiently. They check and maintain the propeller, exhaust system, oil, engines. and more. 

If you’re looking for a fun and safe airboat trip, during or post pandemic, come out with Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours. 

 To schedule an airboat tour, click our Everglades airboat ride page or contact Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065. 

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Private Airboat Tours  is open 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax). 

 

Invasive Species: Lionfish in the Everglades 

invasive speciesThe Everglades is full of both native and, unfortunately, invasive, species. Whether they were let loose or escaped, these species found their way into the Everglades and are having a negative impact on the ecosystem.  

One of these invasive species is the lionfish. Despite being bad for the Everglades’ ecosystem, a lionfish is an attractive looking fish with its pectoral fins, brownish stripes. 

As an invasive species, the lionfish can live and thrive in habitats that are not their true home or region. The lionfish is a venomous predator and its original habitat is from Indo-Pacific waters.  

 Unlike pythons, lionfish are not the biggest problem yet in the Everglades, but their numbers are increasing each year. In 2014, 13 lionfish were removed from Everglades. 

Although the not large in numbers in the Evergladesthe lionfish population is growing in nearby waters. It is believed more will appear in the area and in the Everglades. Currently, there is a“Everglades and Dry Tortugas Lionfish Management Plan” in review that will target specific areas within each park to help suppress lionfish from entering. 

The lionfish was introduced to the Atlantic waters around the 1980s. It is believed this fish made its way here either through aquarium trade or through ballast water on international boats. These lionfish can live in water anywhere from 1 to 1,000 feet in mangroves, seagrass, coral, hard bottom, and artificial reefs. 

It is believed they could have a real big impact on the marine ecosystems here in south Florida. Their presence will decrease the number of native and commercial species. Although it doesn’t happen often, their stings are also known to be painful and can lead to serious injury. 

Here are some ways lionfish are bad for the Everglades:  

  • They feed primarily on larvae and juvenile fish. 
  • They eat and consume a great variety of fishes and crustaceans 
  • They eat herbivorous fish that graze on algae.   

With this behavior, the number of fish will dwindle, there will be less fish in the water and less fish for other predators to eat; also with more algae around, the algae can overgrow and keep coral and sponges from growing and thriving. 

Right now, the lionfish is the only known invasive marine fish recognized at having invaded the entire Caribbean and coastal waters around southeastern United States. These fish are slow moving and easy to capture. Netting and spearing are usually used to capture them. 

Book a Ride on an Airboat through Everglades 

If you’re visiting the Everglades and spot a lionfish, report it! You can tell one of our guidesif you spot a lionfish on a tour or call the Park at 305-809-4738 or 305-562-0820. 

Although they are a “pretty” fish, it’s a good thing to remove them from this ecosystem so they don’t do it more harm.  

To book a tour, all Captain Mitch’s Airboat Tours at 800-368-0065  or visit our Everglades Airboat Tours page.  

Captain Mitch’s Everglades Airboat Tours are open seven days a week 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If paying by cash, adults cost $40 (plus tax) and children 12 and under cost $20 (plus tax. If paying by credit card, adults cost $45 (plus tax) and children cost $25 (plus tax).