Mosquito Facts

Mosquito Facts You Should Know

Mosquito Facts You Should Know

Everybody hates mosquitoes. They are pesky and absolutely no good to humans. However, they are everywhere and people just need to deal with these blood-sucking fliers as they see fit – typically, with a strong swat.

To effectively deal with these pests, here are mosquito facts you really should know about.

The first of many mosquito facts is that mosquitoes are attracted to scents — they bite because they think something smells nice. Yes, they are attracted to the sweet scents of your Bath and Body Works lotion and cologne; not only that, they are also attracted to the natural scents that your body emits through the carbon dioxide you exhale, lactic acid from the foods you eat, your skin oils, and even the smell of your blood type (people with blood type O are the yummiest to the suckers).

The Bite

Only female mosquitoes actually bite; the males are just buzzers that prefer flower nectar.

Your blood is responsible for the population growth of mosquitoes. Your blood provides the protein that mosquito eggs require for development.

Mosquitoes inject you with their saliva; this contains an anticoagulant (it prevents blood from clotting) that allows your blood to flow freely into them. It’s through this injection of mosquito saliva that diseases are transmitted.

The itchy, red bump you get from a mosquito bite is your body’s reaction to a protein contained in mosquito saliva.

Mosquitoes are disease carriers and they are responsible for the fast propagation of several diseases like the dengue, Zika and West Nile viruses and malaria.

Certain mosquitoes don’t like human blood; they prefer the blood of amphibians and reptiles.

The Importance of Water to Mosquitoes

All mosquitoes require water to breed, so if you don’t want mosquitoes populating your property, it’s important to make sure that you are not keeping stagnant water, according to a Modesto pest control company. If you do need to collect water, make sure that you always cover the containers so these pests don’t use them as their breeding ground.

Mosquitoes can live up to six months if not swatted furiously or sprayed with insecticide. That’s a pretty long time, which is why Modesto pest control experts recommend regular services to control the mosquito population.

Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away. Carbon dioxide is the key signal to mosquitoes that a potential blood meal is nearby. Once a mosquito catches a whiff of it, female mosquitoes buzz around until they locate the origin of the gas.

If you are looking for a pest control company in Modesto, contact the professionals at AAI Pest Control today.

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