Mosquitoes: What You Need to Know About Natures Vampires

Ask any number of people to make a list of the insects they hate the most, and mosquitoes are sure to show up on just about every single one of them. These hated bugs are pests that seem to have no purpose other than to ruin our camping trip, buzz in our ear when we’re trying to sleep and keep us scratching all day long. But other than that, what do we need to know about them? Here are five things to know about these blood-sucking vampires:

Mosquitoes Carry Diseases

This is a pretty well-known fact, but it’s so important that it bears repeating: when mosquitoes suck blood and go from host to host they are also carrying whatever is in that blood -- and if it’s a disease, there’s a chance the new host will contract that disease. Malaria, West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever are all diseases that are known to be spread by mosquitoes.

The Itch Comes from Saliva

When a mosquito begins to feed, it actually injects saliva into your body first. This saliva has an anti-coagulating property which thins the blood and makes it easier to suck out. This saliva causes an allergic reaction at the point of the bite, resulting in that famous red and irritating bump that we all know and hate.

Only Need a Little Water

Mosquitoes breed and grow in pools of water. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take more than a few drops of water to create a serviceable pool. This is one reason it’s so hard to eradicate mosquitoes in any given area, and why it’s so important for homeowners to make sure there are no standing pools of water on their property.

Mosquitoes Sense Your Breath and Sweat

There are a few chemicals in our body that are known to attract mosquitoes. These include lactic acid in our sweat and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in our breath. Since there’s really no way to avoid breathing out, this means any time you’re around mosquitoes; there’s a chance they can find you.

Repellant Can Work

Well, it depends on the type of repellant. There are only four types of repellant proven to ward off mosquitoes: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 repellant and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. If a repellant doesn’t carry one of these four ingredients, it simply won’t do the job.

If you would like to know more about mosquitoes and how to prevent them in your house and yard, please contact us at My Exterminator today!

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