The Truth About Effective Mosquito Control
Anyone who has encountered mosquitoes while spending time outdoors in the spring and summer knows how frustrating and painful mosquitoes can be. Despite most of us being all too familiar with these annoying pests, how much do we really know about them? Although many theories have been circulated to explain their behavior, separating fact from fiction is key to improving mosquito control methods.
Myth #1: Mosquitoes Prefer a Certain Blood Type
If you are anything like us, you might feel like you or someone in your family is just a mosquito magnet, always seeming to get the brunt of the bites from ravenous summer mosquitoes. Despite the old sayings, mosquitoes are not attracted to specific blood types based on ‘sweetness’, as they bite humans to fulfill a need for protein rather than sugar. However, other genetic factors such as specific skin bacteria have been identified as having potential impacts on mosquito bite probability.
While mosquitoes don’t necessarily pick and choose who they sink their proboscises into, they are attracted to certain factors given off by all humans, such as changes in carbon dioxide levels and body odor. Mosquitoes are able to remember scents of hosts that have given them good meals in the past while avoiding those who weren’t as filling.
Myth #2: Males and Females Feed On Humans
There are actually some species of mosquitoes that don’t feed on humans at all. These mosquitoes are rather picky eaters, instead relying on animals to gather their required nutrients. Many believe that both genders bite humans, while others swear that it’s only the male mosquitoes that you have to watch out for. In reality, both of these theories are actually incorrect. Of the species that do rely on humans as a food source, only female mosquitos actually bite. That’s because females require protein from human and other animal blood to produce eggs, while males dine on plant nectar and other natural sources.
Myth #3: All Mosquitoes Are Carriers for Disease
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 3,500 species of mosquitoes found around the world have different disease-carrying tendencies. While most species of mosquitoes do not actually transmit the disease to humans, they are still recognized as the world’s deadliest animal. Mosquitoes are responsible for more than 1 million deaths a year, while an estimated 700 million people are affected annually. For this reason, mosquitoes should be avoided as much as possible, especially since it is near impossible to determine the species before a bite occurs. Keep your family safe by staying informed about the most widespread mosquito-borne diseases and taking the proper precautions. You should always contact your medical provider if you experience symptoms following a mosquito bite. Please note recent studies on the possible link between mosquitoes and COVID-19 found that mosquitoes are not carriers of the coronavirus.
Myth #4: Mosquitoes Are Most Active at Night
This isn’t necessarily the case. Research indicates that different types of mosquitoes species have varying preferences for feeding times. Across the board, however, peak hours for mosquito activity tend to be in both the early morning and evening hours. Since you are more likely to suffer from painful, itchy bites, it’s best to avoid being outside during these times.
You can also minimize your risk of bites and lower the chances of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses by taking extra safety measures such as:
- Wearing long sleeves and pants
- Setting up rotating fans
- Using vinegar traps
- Gardening with mosquito-repelling plants
- Laying out citronella candles
- Putting mosquito-deterring essential oils
Knowing more about mosquitoes gives you peace of mind when choosing the best mosquito control to fit your needs. Palmetto Mosquito Control can provide you with a custom Mosquito Misting System or Mosquito Barrier Treatment quote to fit your home and budget!
For over 58 years, in affiliation with Palmetto Exterminators, our multifaceted mosquito control experts have provided a more convenient, efficient, and dependable approach to killing and repelling both mosquitoes and gnats. With the summer season in full swing, it’s time to get rid of mosquitoes and get back to enjoying the outdoors. Get a free inspection today from one of our many expert mosquito exterminators throughout the Southeast region.
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