You must have never come across someone who has not been disturbed by mosquitoes. It is the one common pest that all human beings complain about. Not only do they stop you from enjoying your time outdoors, but also, if they are inside your house, they will make sure that you do not get a good night’s sleep. If they are breeding somewhere near your house, you will never be able to stop them from coming inside your house. Although almost all kinds of pests can create problems and make you very sick, if you have mosquitoes on your property, it is better to treat them as quickly as possible.
When Are Mosquitoes Most Active?
The timings of different pests vary. Also, there are around 176 varieties of mosquitoes in the United States, and even their timings differ. While some of the mosquitoes are active during the daytime, most of the mosquitoes in the US are active after sunset, especially during dusk. That is exactly why you get bitten the most when you go out of your house after sunset or keep your doors and windows open. That is the time when the majority of the mosquitoes are most active. Culex and Anopheles mosquitoes are very active during dawn and dusk. So, to keep these away, you can try using a citronella candle during dusk. The unpleasant odor that it produces keeps mosquitoes away.
Experts also say that if you have Aedes mosquitoes in your house, then they are most likely to be active during the daytime. So, if you are planning to spend some quality time outdoors during the morning or later in the afternoon, then there is a high chance that you will fall prey to such pests. They target their victim by smelling human sweat and carbon dioxide. So if you want to stay out and enjoy yourself, you will have to take some measures so that you do not get bitten by these mosquitoes. For example, you could avoid wearing dark-colored clothes when you are going outdoors or planning to chill on your hammock. Arrange a fan because mosquitoes have a problem flying even in the light breeze.
Fun Facts About Mosquitoes That You Surely Didn’t Know
You must know how dangerous and life-threatening mosquitoes can be, but here are some fun facts about mosquitoes that you like did not know –
- Studies have shown that mosquitoes have been on this planet for approximately 210 million years, that means, since the Jurassic period.
- There are around 3000 different species of mosquitoes in this world, and among them, only a few hundred feed on human blood.
- The word mosquito originated in the early 16th century and is Spanish for “little fly.” Mosquitoes are known as mozzies in Australia, Africa, and New Zealand.
- It is only the female mosquitoes that bite you and suck your blood for reproduction. The female mosquitoes use the protein in human blood for multiplying themselves rapidly.
- If you think that mosquitoes bite you with their teeth, then you are wrong. Mosquitoes do not have teeth. Instead, the female mosquitoes have a pointed mouthpart known as proboscis, which helps them to suck the blood out of their prey.
- The bumps that you get on your skin after a mosquito bite are because of their saliva containing mild painkillers and anti-coagulants.
- You might think that mosquitoes love sucking human blood, but you are wrong. Humans are not even their first option. They prefer sucking blood from horses, birds, and cattle.
- Mosquitoes breed rapidly. A female mosquito could lay up to 300 eggs in one single day.
- If you love drinking beers a lot, then you are unconsciously attracting mosquitoes towards yourself. Mosquitoes are known to be attracted to people who drink beer.
Common Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes
The one thing that mosquitoes are famous for is the deathly disease-transmitting ability they have. In fact, they should be named as the disease-transmitting vehicle. Here is a list of a few deathly diseases transmitted by mosquitoes –
- West Nile
- Yellow Fever
- Rift Valley Fever
- La Crosse Encephalitis
- Jamestown Canyon Virus
- Snowshoe Hare Virus
Mosquitoes can be dangerous and can increase their population rapidly if they get the right environment. So do not take them lightly. You can always try using DIY methods to keep them away, but if you are looking for a permanent solution, give us a call at Thrive Pest Control. Our experts will make sure that these mosquitoes do not disturb your daily life.