The Mosquito Survival Guide

Everybody wants to know about an effective mosquito repellant because mosquitoes are such pests. The bites itch, sometimes for weeks, and the swelling is unsightly. And while all that’s true, the real problem with mosquitoes is that they are dangerous.

People who have weakened immune systems may experience additional symptoms beyond the localized swelling and itching. They may break out in hives, get swollen glands or develop a low-grade fever. In addition, mosquitos carry disease. When the female mosquito bites, she may transmit things like West Nile Virus, yellow fever, malaria, encephalitis, dengue fever and much more.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

The truth is, mosquitoes wouldn’t be considered such a nuisance if they just didn’t bite! But the fact that they do bite makes you wonder. Why do mosquitoes bite? First of all, only female mosquitoes bite. Males are content to feed on flower nectar, much like bees. Female mosquitoes bite because they need blood to procreate. And, like all other forms of life, procreation is a driving force. The blood enables the female mosquito to produce her eggs.

Why Do Mosquitoes Seem to Bite Only Certain People?

Scientists have researched this question, and it certainly does appear like some people are a magnet for mosquitoes, while others seem to get off without a single bite. Female mosquitoes are drawn to certain chemicals. Researchers have discovered that people with certain blood types are more apt to be bitten by mosquitoes than others. Specifically, those with blood type O are more attractive to mosquitoes than people with blood types A or B. Another factor that influences who gets bitten by mosquitoes is the amount of CO2 that your body releases into the atmosphere. Mosquitoes find their victims by following the CO2. Your metabolic rate influences how much CO2 you release. Those with a higher metabolic rate release more CO2. That’s why when you are active—like running or playing outside—you’re more likely to get bitten by mosquitoes because your metabolic rate is increased by being active.

How Can You Get Rid Of Mosquitos?

There are a few ways to get rid of mosquitoes. The sad truth is, that most of them don’t work that great. The only truly effective way to get rid of mosquitoes is to use a professional for mosquito extermination. A professional mosquito exterminator is your best and fastest way to get rid of mosquitoes. There are other ways that people use to try and get rid of mosquitoes that are less effective. These include things like spray mosquito repellent from a can, mosquito magnet machines that give off CO2, and some natural plants like marigolds and lemongrass that supposedly keep mosquitoes away. People will sometimes also burn citronella candles in a bid to ward off mosquitoes. There are also some theories that suggest that mosquitoes are drawn to dark colors. So a person in a dark blue t-shirt standing next to a person in a white t-shirt is more likely to be bitten by a mosquito, at least in theory.

So when is it time to call a professional to exterminate mosquitoes? Any time you see mosquitoes in your area. A professional mosquito exterminator will ensure that your family and friends are as protected as possible from the threat of mosquitoes. Contact us to book your service.

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