Don’t Let Mosquitoes have all the Summer Fun – Call American Pest Services and find out what you can do to prevent Mosquitos and other insects in your home.
Make no mistake about it…one of the least favorite parts of the summer months are mosquitoes, those annoying, biting, picnic ruining pests that feast upon our blood and leave itching, stinging bites in their wake.
Why Do Mosquitos Like Me More?
If you are convinced that mosquitoes have a greater affinity for you than for others, you may be right. Research shows that mosquitoes definitely have preferences when locating hosts. People can attract mosquitoes from 40 miles away simply by breathing. When a person exhales, their carbon dioxide and other odors mix to produce a plume that travels through the air. The plume acts like a dinner bell to mosquitoes, letting them know a juicy meal is within range.
How do Mosquitoes find Me?
Mosquitoes find their hosts, initially, through that keen sense of smell. Scientists theorize that mosquitoes, who need cholesterol and B vitamins but can’t make them on their own, can sense which host is the richest source of these ingredients. Other mosquito magnets include heart and blood pressure medicine and drugs to treat high cholesterol. There’s also evidence that blood type (O) attracts mosquitoes more than other blood types (A or B).
Only females bite; the “beak” on the male mosquito is not built for biting. Mosquitoes like dark areas and will suck the juice out of plants in order to live – including tree leaves, grass, shrubs, etc. – until they can find a blood host.
Does anything really keep mosquitoes away?
Mosquitoes are pesky little creatures that can ruin your summer fun. But do any of the popular methods for keeping them away actually work?
It’s important to remember that mosquitoes can only spread illnesses if they are able to bite people. Mosquitoes live in stagnant water and forests, marshes, and tall grasses. The life cycle of a mosquito typically takes two weeks. So, if you’re trying to avoid getting bitten, it’s important to know where these pests hang out.
If you and your family enjoy outdoor living, then praying your property is a viable alternative to swatting and scratching! Spraying kills adults present today, but more are born tomorrow so you must spray again on a regular schedule. Ideally, a spray kills all mosquitoes present in an area and prevents the birth of new ones. Most importantly, mosquitoes from adjacent areas will be repelled by the sulfurous odor (undetectable to humans) that coats the plants they are trying to feed on.
Topical treatments can also be quite effective. The most effective chemical repellents contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 insecticide, which are all considered safe when used as directed. The CDC says these chemicals are also safe for pregnant and nursing women, as well as babies over 2 months, though you want lower concentrations of DEET for children. Watch out for skin irritation and avoid spraying chemicals around the eyes or mouth. Concentrate the repellant on your ankles, feet, lower legs, and wrists — thin-skinned spots mosquitoes love to bite.
Do mosquitoes do anything good?
Yes, mosquitoes do have a purpose in the cycle of life. In fact, they are an important food source for fish and other animals. Mosquitoes also help to control the population of other insects.
Contact All American Pest Services in the Sarasota to find out what you can do to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from reining your Summer!
Contact All American Pest Control today in the Southwest Florida area to inspect your home if you think you may have a problem with insects. An ounce of prevention is worth the call.