There are over 3,000 species of mosquitos in the world, with more than 170 species living in the United States. Texas carries the densest population with six common species. One of those species, the Asian Tiger mosquito is one of the most aggressive. This species can cause a variety of diseases, including the West Nile virus, encephalitis, and dengue fever. While most mosquito bites are not dangerous, they are still an annoyance to your summer plans. mosquito season tends to be March through November. During this time, mosquitos are out in full force, and mosquito protection is essential to protect yourself from these bloodsuckers. To protect yourself best, we have provided you with the answers to some frequently asked questions regarding mosquitos and their behavior.
That mosquito bite you got was definitely from a female mosquito. Males feed on nectar from plants rather than blood. Females, on the other hand, require a high-protein diet consisting of blood to lay fertile eggs.
Yes, most sleep during the day when it is hottest, though some species, such as the Asian Tiger mosquito do stay awake and feed during the day as well. They do not lay down; instead, they sleep in much the same position as when feeding on you.
The heat of the day deters most mosquitoes as the temperature and sun dehydrate them. Mosquitos are most likely to feed on you during the early evening hours when the temperature is cooling down, and they begin waking to feed.
Male mosquitos generally have a lifespan of about a week. Females live between two weeks, and under ideal conditions, can live up to two months.
No. They have an appendage known as the proboscis. In mosquitos, this proboscis isn’t one tiny spear, but rather a complex system of many thin needles that each poke through the skin.
The mosquito bite itself does not itch or cause that red bump. Instead, it’s the allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva that causes them to itch. Most mosquito bites are merely a nuisance; however, mosquitos are carriers of several life-threatening illnesses.
While the reasons are not fully understood, mosquitos are attracted to certain chemicals in your skin. As lactic acid is one of those compounds, you really are sweeter than your non-bitten mate. Other mosquito attracters include carbon dioxide, sweat, dark clothing, and some perfumes and shampoos.
Females lay their eggs in standing water. After birth, mosquito babies feed off the water for about a week before reaching maturity.
Yes. While the amount of blood mosquitos they take is insignificant, mosquitos are carriers of a wide variety of illnesses including malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and the Zika virus. While most mosquito bites are harmless, the mosquito is considered by many to be the most dangerous animal.
Yes. However, while some species prefer other animals, most tend to prefer human blood.
Yes, again, when applied correctly and allowed to dry. Professional misting tends to be safer due to the correct application, less overspray, and less product used. Again, training in pest management goes a long way to understanding the mosquito habits and how best to eradicate these insects from your home and yard.
During mosquito season, whether that bite is merely a nuisance, or something more serious, it is essential to protect yourself. While mosquito misting helps protect your home and yard, there are still other crucial steps you can take to ensure you stay safe and itch free. Misting is most effective when combined with other techniques by the homeowner, such as eliminating any standing water. Remember, flip it, dump it, drain it. Additional protection is needed when away from home. To avoid bites, avoid being outdoors, if possible, during dawn and dusk, a mosquito’s most active time. When outside, it is best to wear long sleeves and pants and use a topical mosquito spray. To help avoid attracting mosquitos, wearing light-colored clothing, and avoid perfumes, colognes, and scented shampoos.