You’re sitting out on the deck, watching the sunset when all of the sudden it hits you. Well, in reality, you hit you in an attempt to squish a mosquito! The slaps and swats are followed immediately by fierce scratching at the area of the bite. Mosquitoes, which at times seems big enough to be small birds, can easily ruin what was supposed to have been a relaxing evening outdoors. Their buzzing alone is enough to drive a person crazy. As if they weren’t enough of a pain already, these pests are known to carry parasites and diseases as well!
We all want to do as much as we can to keep these awful bugs away! So, exactly what attracts mosquitoes? Well, there are lots of things that can attract these pests, some being no fault of our own.
Standing water is an attraction to these pests. It's how they are able to continue breeding. These areas can include lakes and ponds.
Thinking about having a beer in the back yard? Think again, this beverage has the potential to make you more of an attraction to mosquitoes.
If you needed another excuse not to exercise, here’s one for you: people who exercise are more prone to bug bites. Mosquitoes are drawn to sweat, lactic acid and higher body temperatures. Higher body temps can also make pregnant women a mosquito magnet.
You can literally attract mosquitoes simply by breathing. They can detect the carbon dioxide you breath out from more than 160 feet away. This could be part of why it looks like there are no bugs outside until you walk out the door.
So, what can be done about this predicament? The truth of the matter is, you can’t get rid of mosquitoes entirely, but there are measures you can take to minimize their presence. Since you can’t change your blood type or your genetics and it’s not really possible to stop breathing, here are some other tips to try to keep the mosquitoes away and to avoid mosquito bites:
Get rid of as much standing water as you can by cleaning out gutters and emptying any pots or buckets that have collected rain. It is also best to avoid fountains and bird baths on your property to help decrease the presence of these pests.
Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts and socks outside whenever it is possible
The Center for Disease Control says those West Nile mosquitoes like to bite more at night so you should avoid spending too much time outdoors between dusk and dawn.
Another option for reducing mosquitoes on your property is to hire a professional pest control company to help. McCall Service offers remediation services to not only decrease mosquitoes on your property but also to help prevent them. While we will likely never be rid of mosquitoes entirely, shrinking the number of them can make a huge difference and be well worth the investment!