Nobody likes mosquitoes. In fact, it is considered as human’s number one enemy in the animal kingdom. Why? This is because they are carriers of some of the world’s most fatal diseases. Although it’s impossible to totally get rid of these pests in our planet, there are several ways to deal with them.
With the help of technology, insect repellents and your trusted pest exterminator, you can keep these pesky pests away and prevent mosquito-borne illnesses from infecting your family. But first, let’s take a closer look and learn more about these pests.
- Only female mosquitoes bite
Since female mosquitoes are the ones who lay eggs, they need to feed on human blood when it’s time to reproduce. Males only have to munch on nectar and will only bother us when they buzz around. When females are not reproducing, they stick to sipping flower nectar, too. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell the difference between a female and a male mosquito.
- Female mosquitoes live twice as long
Like humans, female mosquitoes live longer than the male specie, but by a much larger difference. Given that they live in an ideal environment, a female mosquito can live more than 30 days, while a male mosquito can normally survive no more than two weeks on an average.
- Mosquito is the Spanish term for ‘little fly’
A quick Spanish lesson: ‘mosca’ means fly. In Spanish, in order to describe the smaller version of the same thing, you add the suffix ‘-ito’ to the word. Therefore, ‘mosca’ plus ‘-ito,’ is mosquito, which means little fly.
- Mosquitoes hate fans
Yes, you can use candles, creams, lotions and sprays, but the best mosquito repellent that does not give you that odd insect-repellent smell is a fan. Because mosquitoes are extremely lightweight, it is difficult for them to control their flight and steady put on a host when a there’s strong wind blowing onto them.
- Mosquitoes inject you with their saliva
Before actually sucking your blood, female mosquitoes inject you with saliva, which contains anticoagulant—which allows your blood to flow into its body. If you are wondering how mosquitoes transfer diseases, this is how. That little red bump you see after a mosquito bite? That’s how your body reacts to a protein found in mosquito saliva.
- There are 14,000 times more mosquitoes than humans
While there are around seven billion people on earth, there are over 100 trillion mosquitoes freely flying around us. There are 3,500 species of mosquitoes, but only a few hundred munch on human blood.
- Mosquitoes can detect CO2 from up to 80 feet away
Giving off carbon dioxide is an effective way to attract mosquitoes. For them, signs of CO2 mean meal time. A female mosquito who has detected carbon dioxide will buzz around in the area until she’s able to trace the source of the gas.
- Mosquitoes always stay close to its nest
A mosquito develops from an egg to a full grown adult in a week, but it can hardly roam far from its home. Since it can only travel up to a mile and a half per hour, it rarely goes past a mile in radius from its nest during its very short life span.
Get Rid of Mosquitoes at Home
Now that you know more about these little flyers, here are some effective ways to prevent them from thriving in your garden and anywhere in your home.
- Turn containers upside down
Mosquitoes require a bit of water to breed, so eliminating any stagnant water in the vicinity is the first step to getting rid of mosquito threat. Tip any item that can contain water, such as dog bowls, bird baths and plant saucers on a regular basis. If water supply is needed, make sure to replace these containers with fresh water every day.
- Toss away trash and unnecessary items
If your yard is full of items you do not need that are holding even the smallest amount of water, it’s time to get rid of them. Old tires, for example, are known to retain water. Throw them away, or if you are using one, drill holes in them so the water can leak out.
- Treat Your Yard
A jug of insect repellent costs around S$40 at local supermarkets. Spray it on shrubs, grass and certain areas to serve as barriers, so insects won’t be able to cross. These sprays are typically made with natural oils that repel different kinds of insects.
However, if you want to fully eradicate mosquito infestation and completely get rid of any chances of life-threatening diseases like dengue and malaria, hire a professional pest exterminator like Pest Destroyer. They can do mosquito fogging and treat your area without compromising on your health or property’s safety. Just give us a call and we’ll rush to your location for a free site survey.