It is likely you've felt the bite of a mosquito. You know what it is like to wiggle around to prevent mosquitoes from landing on you. You know the sound of a mosquito buzzing around in your bedroom. If you aren't familiar with any of these, you are one of the lucky few. But, whether you've experienced mosquitoes or not, it is also likely that you don't really understand these irritating pests. Why do we say this? Because far too often, we see Marietta residents using methods and products that don't do anything to get control of mosquitoes in their yards. They use all kinds of things, like torches, candles, mosquito treatment products, essential oils, and other repellents – to name only a few. Unfortunately, none of these provide any real protection against mosquitoes in Marietta. And the reason why they don't work is likely to surprise you.
Join us today as we explore the science of mosquito control and consider how understanding mosquito behavior can help you get fewer bites when you go out into your backyard. As always, remember that your ProCare Pest Services team is available to answer questions about Marietta pest control. We have the experience to provide you with the best solutions for your pest concerns. Contact us at any time for assistance, or check out our residential pest control service page to learn more.
Understanding Mosquito Behavior: Essential For Effective Control
Let's begin with a simple question: Why do mosquitoes suck your blood? You might think they do this because they survive on blood for sustenance. Many insects do this. But mosquitoes don't actually eat blood for general nourishment. A blood meal is only drawn by female mosquitoes, and only for the production of their eggs. So, what do mosquitoes eat? They actually find their nourishment from plants. Both male and female mosquitoes draw nectar from flowers and use their mouthparts to draw sap from plants. Nectar and sap have the carbohydrates mosquitoes need to survive. Carbohydrates provide energy. While blood also has carbohydrates, you won't find a lot of carbohydrates in blood. When dried and analyzed, blood contains around 93% protein and only around 1% percent carbohydrate. Female mosquitoes need the protein for egg production and are far too small to get meat in another way.
Why is this important for effective mosquito control? There are two factors to consider. The first is that female mosquitoes don't bite you to draw one of many meals. They seek to bite you for the purpose of drawing an essential meal for reproduction. Therefore, it is safe to say that they are highly motivated. The second factor to consider is that mosquitoes may not come into your yard for the reason you think. Sure, female mosquitoes will come looking for a blood meal, but most mosquito problems begin with another attraction. Can you guess what it is? Yes. They come into your yard to feed on nectar and plant sap.
Mosquito Motivation: Many of the products used to prevent mosquito bites are somewhat dependent on the motivation of the mosquitoes. Since they are driven by a primal urge to reproduce and guarantee the continuance of their species, you won't easily deter them with smoke from a fire, candle, or torch. You may even find that applying mosquito repellent to your skin and clothing isn't enough. The best you can hope to accomplish with repellents is to mask some of the signals mosquitoes require to lock onto you, land on you, and bite you.
Mosquito Attractants: When you go outdoors and mosquitoes start buzzing around you, it is easy to misunderstand what you are experiencing. Those mosquitoes don't come from your neighbor's yard because they see you come outdoors. You know this because they're on you in seconds. That means they live on your property. The reason they live in your yard is that they have nectar and plant sap to eat, and humid and shaded hiding places to rest. Vegetation and moisture are the most important factors that bring mosquitoes into your yard and allow them to stay. Moisture can also provide another reason you have lots of mosquitoes in your yard: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water.
Now that you know a bit about mosquito behavior, let's drill a little deeper. Let's look closer at mosquito attraction and consider why a mosquito might bite you more than someone else. Then, we'll look at how you can prevent mosquitoes.
The Science Of Mosquito Attraction: Factors That Draw Them To Humans
Have you ever thought, "Why do mosquitoes keep biting me?" Do you feel like a mosquito magnet? Well, first of all, you may get a lot of bites because you have a lot of mosquitoes. You may not have any unique traits that make them want to bite you more. But, there are factors that draw mosquitoes to you. If you understand these factors, you may reduce mosquito bites or recognize your unique challenges in preventing bites so that you may take greater steps to avoid going where mosquitoes are active.
Mosquitoes will bite you more if you let them. As they fly around your body, they're going to look for a place to land. Covering exposed skin can help prevent bites.
Mosquitoes will bite you if they can see you. These insects have poor eyesight and must use contrasts in light and darkness to target you, which is one reason why they bite more at dawn and dusk. They'll also bite you more if you're wearing dark clothing.
Mosquitoes are more likely to bite if they can smell you. They're drawn to certain products. One reason why repellents help keep them away is that the repellents mask the scent. If you use a lotion with essential oils that repel mosquitoes, like lemon or eucalyptus, you can reduce bites. Keep in mind that you must apply these often to keep the scent strong enough to deter mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes may bite you when you exercise. They are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide, which is exhaled more when you work out. When they get close, they're drawn to the heat of your skin and the moisture of sweat.
Mosquitoes may bite you if you are with a child. Pregnancy comes with a few drawbacks. We're sure you know. You have to work hard to get around, and that can make you produce more carbon dioxide and have higher skin temperature.
Drinking alcohol can make you more interesting to mosquitoes. Studies show that drinking one beer is enough to cause you to have more mosquito bites.
Some of these factors are within your ability to address, but most are not. The best way to avoid bites is to avoid areas where mosquitoes are active or times of increased mosquito activity. That makes sense, right? Let's look at how to reduce mosquitoes in your yard.
The Science Of Mosquito Prevention: Effective Strategies
At this point, you know quite a bit about mosquitoes. So, what helps keep mosquitoes away? What might you do to keep them out of your yard? Let's use the facts we've shared and apply them to mosquito control.
Reduce lawn weeds to reduce plant sap and nectar.
Remove weeds in your landscaping to reduce food sources.
Trim plants and keep your landscaping dry to reduce the moisture mosquitoes need.
Remove objects from your yard that collect rainwater; even one inch is enough for mosquito reproduction.
Remove leaves which capture rainwater and enough moisture for certain mosquito species to breed.
Clean your gutters and remove any obstructions that cause rainwater to flow over the sides of your gutters and dampen the ground near your home.
Consider getting mosquito control to reduce mosquitoes and control mosquito breeding sites on your property.
Use mosquito netting to guard outdoor areas if you do not have mosquito control for your yard.
Mosquitoes don't enter your yard continually. They slowly encroach upon your property and reproduce in your yard. When you take steps to deter them, you'll feel the difference. Let's turn our attention to mosquito control services and quickly look at why these services provide long-lasting and sustainable mosquito management.
The Science Behind Our Expert Mosquito Control Services
The best way to control mosquitoes is to apply scientific methods that consider the behavior and biology of mosquitoes. When mosquitoes enter your yard in search of breeding sites, they may find buckets installed by our professional. These buckets offer an ideal location to lay eggs, and, when female mosquitoes lay their eggs, both the eggs and the female are eliminated. When mosquitoes enter your yard, they are going to look for food sources and places to hide. Ongoing mosquito treatments eliminate mosquitoes in resting places. Together, these two methods provide effective protection against mosquito bites.
Are you in Marietta? If so, contact ProCare Pest Services for seasonal mosquito control and installation of mosquito traps. We can give you the targeted mosquito control you need between April and October to make your yard resistant to mosquitoes all year long. We offer science-based solutions for mosquito control in Marietta. Connect with us today to get started!