Mosquitoes are one of the worst pests that you can find flying around your yard. They swarm seemingly by the thousands, and they can turn a good time into complete misery. Mosquitoes are without a doubt an actual pest that can take over your yard in no time at all.
Their quick breeding and life cycles make removal a nightmare because they never cease reproducing, growing in numbers by the weeks. Neglecting a mosquito issue is the last thing anyone would want to do because when left to their own devices, mosquitoes will happily take over your yard.
Nothing is worse than a mosquito infestation because they make your yard almost unbearable to be in and enjoy. Even worse than being a nuisance, they can carry blood-borne diseases and have no problem sharing them with you and your family.
Part of what makes mosquitoes so difficult to control is their breeding and life cycles. They breed often and lay a plentiful amount of eggs that take no time to go from egg to adult after hatching.
For a female mosquito to produce eggs, unlike what most people think, not every mosquito consumes blood, only the females. After she has finished blood, she lays her eggs around water-dense areas. The average number of eggs to apply at once is about one hundred.
The eggs will remain slightly above the water for weeks to months, but the water levels need to rise to hatch since they need to be completely submerged. Once hatched, they move to the larvae stage consuming microorganisms underwater for roughly five days before growing into a pupa.
The pupa stage only lasts for about 2-3 days, and when they are adults that will live for about a week. The danger is when a female lays eggs, she can lay eggs about three nights after only mating once. The female does not need anything too specific to lay her eggs, just as long as there is standing water. Trees that typically hold a lot of water at the base, birdbaths, or even a cup are all it takes for her to lay her eggs.
What Attracts Mosquitoes
Many different things can attract mosquitoes, and knowing what they are will help you reduce the likelihood of targeting you.
Mosquitoes thrive in wet environments and require a lot of water to maintain life and create it. The more standing water in one area, the more mosquitoes will be in the area, no matter where the standing water is. Removing standing water will help deter mosquitoes from infesting an area and laying their eggs.
This one may be harder to control than others. Still, the warmer your body temperature is, the tastier you look at mosquitoes. Their eyes can pick up thermal visuals, so the warmer you are, the more noticeable you may be to them.
Everyone naturally exhales carbon dioxide when breathing; unfortunately, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide. They can detect carbon dioxide from up to 30 feet away, which means a runner may be their prime target.
The colors of your clothes are essential when it comes to reducing mosquito activity. They don’t have the best eyesight naturally and often use silhouettes as a means to find their target. The darker your clothes are, the more enticing you are to a mosquito.
Unfortunately for us, mosquitoes are not very picky about many things, so try not to feel too bad when they’re targeting you. They will also go after individuals with more micro-bacteria on their bodies, certain blood types, or even odors.
Dangers of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are without a doubt extraordinarily irritating and such a nuisance, but beyond annoying us, they do pose some health risks. Being blood consumers means that we are at risk of contracting a possible blood-borne disease from a mosquito. All required to become infected is a mosquito to consume blood from a host with a blood-borne disease before consuming our blood.
We are at risk of many different types of diseases regarding mosquitoes, such as the West Nile virus, Zika virus, Chikungunya, dengue, and malaria. The worst part about mosquitoes is too often, we may not realize they are even around before they are biting us.
For these reasons, it is always best to get on top of a mosquito infestation as it begins so it does not get out of hand, and it reduces the risk you and your family face. There is no way of telling if a mosquito is infected since they are so small, to begin with, so when it comes to reducing risk, it is always best to control infestations before they grow.