What You Need to Know About Mosquitoes and How to Keep Them Away

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What You Need to Know About Mosquitoes and How to Keep Them Away

Mosquitoes are more than just annoying pests that ruin your outdoor activities. They are also carriers of some of the most deadly diseases in the world, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, Zika, and encephalitis. According to the World Health Organization, mosquitoes are responsible for millions of deaths every year, especially in tropical and subtropical regions.

But how much do you really know about these bloodsucking insects? Here are some facts that may surprise you:

  • There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes, but only a few of them transmit diseases to humans. The main culprits are Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes mosquitoes, which have different habitats, behaviors, and feeding preferences.
  •  Mosquitoes do not feed on blood for their own nutrition. They need it as a source of protein for their eggs. Only female mosquitoes bite, while males feed on nectar and plant juices.
  •  Mosquitoes can detect their hosts by sensing carbon dioxide, body heat, movement, and odors. They can also adapt to different environments and breed in various types of water sources, from ponds and marshes to buckets and flower pots.
  •  Mosquitoes have a short lifespan, ranging from two weeks to six months depending on the species and environmental conditions. However, they can reproduce quickly and lay hundreds of eggs at a time.
  •  Mosquitoes can fly at a speed of 1 to 1.5 miles per hour, which is slow compared to other flying insects. However, they can beat their wings 300 to 600 times per second, which creates the annoying buzzing sound that we hear.

How can you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry? Here are some tips that can help:

  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Apply them to exposed skin and clothing following the product instructions.
  •  Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes when outdoors. Choose light-colored and loose-fitting clothing that can prevent mosquito bites.
  •  Avoid outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. If you have to be outside, use mosquito nets or screens to cover your windows, doors, beds, and strollers.
  •  Eliminate standing water around your home and garden, where mosquitoes can breed. Change the water in birdbaths, fountains, pet bowls, and plant trays at least once a week. Dispose of any containers that can collect water, such as cans, bottles, tires, and buckets.
  •  Seek professional help from Atlantic Pest Control if you have a mosquito infestation in your property. We have the expertise and experience to provide effective mosquito control solutions that suit your needs and budget. We use safe and eco-friendly products and methods that can eliminate mosquitoes and prevent them from coming back.

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but also a threat to your health and well-being. Don’t let them ruin your summer fun or put you at risk of serious diseases. Contact Atlantic Pest Control today and let us take care of your mosquito problem for good.

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