What Attracts Mosquitoes?

Have you ever smelled freshly baked pie, bread, or cookies and found yourself drawn to the kitchen? The aroma of something delicious is a powerful attractant. In the same way that a human may travel to a good scent, mosquitoes might be drawn to you by using their senses. Take some time today to learn about mosquitoes and discover the things that attract these pests to people and properties. We will share with you everything you need to know about these annoying insects and provide some options to help you avoid mosquito bites while in your yard. If you are here seeking an immediate option to combat mosquitoes, reach out to Northwest Exterminating.

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Mosquitoes are attracted to water

Let's start by discussing the role of moisture in attracting mosquitoes to yards. Various pests thrive in wet environments. To prevent their bodies from drying out, termites require moisture. Similarly, mosquitoes require moisture for breeding, specifically standing water in which, they can lay their eggs. Once hatched, mosquito larvae develop into pupae and eventually into their adult form. Both larvae and pupae cannot survive without water. Since mosquito eggs are tiny, even an ounce of standing water can breed an entire population of mosquitoes. The areas where moisture can build up around your property include inside gutters, on playground equipment, and in divots on paved driveways, patios, and walkways. Therefore, it is crucial to keep an eye on these areas, especially after heavy rainfall. We will share some useful tips on how to prevent these pests effectively. But first, let's discuss how mosquitoes locate people to bite.

How mosquitoes find and bite you

Mosquitoes do not have the best eyesight. They see the world in black and white and perceive images as outlines and shapes against light backdrops. If you wear dark-colored clothing, these bugs will have an easier time spotting you. Once mosquitoes get closer, they use other senses to identify their victims. Their sense of smell allows them to pick up on body odors and carbon dioxide. They also pay attention to body heat and studies suggest they are more attracted to people with type O blood. Depending on wind conditions, mosquitoes can smell a person's exhaled breath from over 100 feet away. Exerting yourself with physical activity will quickly attract these little insects, especially if you slow down or stop to catch your breath. Here are some ways to reduce your chances of getting bitten both on and away from your property.

How to avoid mosquito bites

Unfortunately, mosquito bites can be more than annoying, infected mosquitoes can also spread illness. Understanding mosquitoes is the key to keeping them away and avoiding their irritating bites. Several effective tips and tricks can help you reduce the risk of getting bitten by these pesky insects. Here are some of the best ways to keep mosquitoes at bay.

  • Avoid going outdoors during dusk and dawn. This is when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite.
  • Steer clear of wet areas where mosquitoes are denser.
  • Use mosquito repellant if you plan on spending time around mosquitoes.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. This will make you less visible to these pests.
  • Pour out water that collects around your property after it rains.
  • Have your gutters cleaned and make sure they are in good repair.
  • Avoid using bird baths or ornate pools on your property unless they self-circulate their water.
  • Trim bushes and trees to minimize shaded, moist areas around your property.
  • Cut grass regularly.

For greater protection against mosquitoes, turn to the licensed pest control specialists at Northwest Exterminating.

When to consider mosquito treatments

Mosquitoes ruin outdoor gatherings and are annoying for anyone who enjoys spending time outside. Stop these pests from taking over by investing in a professional mosquito treatment with Northwest Exterminating. Available in Phoenix, Tucson, and Southern Arizona, our seasonal mosquito control is a monthly service (May -September) that includes:

  • A thorough inspection to locate mosquito hotspots.
  • Mosquito treatments that target resting sites, such as tall grasses, shrubs, and bushes.
  • Larvicide treatments to disrupt mosquito reproduction.

Call Northwest Exterminating today for more details about our mosquito treatments and find a service time that will best work with your schedule. We look forward to hearing from you!

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