Everything You Need to Know About Mosquitoes

Summer is arguably the best season of the year. Between the wonderful weather, kids being out of school and long days, there is little to not like about summer. The one blemish on this otherwise fantastic season is the onslaught of mosquitoes, as they have been known to put a damper on many wonderful summertime activities. But since, we must take the bad with the good, here is everything you need to know about mosquitoes this summer.

Lifespan of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes only need a few inches of standing water in which to breed. Once they find a water source, they lay their eggs. Within three days, the eggs turn into adult mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can live as long as 10 weeks.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are hated because of their bites. Unfortunately, there are only four ways to prevent mosquitoes from biting you:

  • Using products that contain DEET.
  • Using products that contain picaridin.
  • Using products that contain oil of lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Using IR3535 insect repellent.

Mosquitoes Carry Disease

Although many mosquitoes are harmless, some carry serious diseases that they can transmit to people when they bite. Some diseases that can be passed from mosquitoes to humans include:

  • Malaria.
  • Yellow Fever.
  • West Nile Virus.
  • Chikungunya.
  • Dengue Fever.
  • Encephalitis.
  • Zika Virus

Although contracting these illnesses is rare, it is crucial to seek medical attention for any mosquito bites that elicit strange reactions and symptoms.

Least Active in the Afternoon

Mosquitoes are generally inactive during the warmest parts of a summer day. So, if you want to have the least chance of being bitten by a mosquito, head outside in the middle of the day. But, be sure to wear sunscreen, as that is the best time of day to get heat stroke and sunburn.

More Attracted to Certain People

Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat and breath, which all people produce. But, mosquitoes are definitely more attracted to some people over others. They are especially attracted to people who have high amounts of steroids, cholesterol, uric acid, octenol and lactic acid in their sweat glands. They are also more attracted to pregnant women and people who move a lot, as they produce more CO2 when they exhale. Further, some people have a genetic makeup that is simply more appealing to mosquitoes.

Other Interesting Facts About Mosquitoes

Some other interesting facts about mosquitoes include:

  • Only female mosquitoes bite humans.
  • Mosquitoes can drink up to three times their weight in blood.
  • The only place in the world without mosquitoes is Antarctica.
  • Most mosquitoes prefer hot and humid areas.

If you do not want to be bothered by mosquitoes this summer, call the pest control experts at Orange Enviornmental Services. We can spray your yard for mosquitoes, so you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about getting bitten by them.

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