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Bug Zappers Attract Mosquitoes In Tallahassee

In: Mosquitoes  |  Tallahassee Pest Control

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You're probably thinking, "That's the point. Isn't it?" You want your bug zapper to lure those mosquitoes in so you can zap them to Kingdom come. That's why you made the investment and hung them up around your Tallahassee house. Right? It may shock you to realize how wrong you were.

Do zappers attract mosquitoes? Yes. Mosquitoes think that light is pretty. But those little biters aren't interested in staring at the light show. They have mating and egg fertilization on their minds.

"But I find mosquitoes on my zappers all the time." It's true. You'll find plenty of dead mosquitoes in your zapper. The problem is, those aren't the mosquitoes that want to bite you.

What mosquitoes bite? In all mosquito species it is the female that bites. She must have a blood meal in order to live and breed. When a female comes into your yard, she might have been drawn in by the light, but her landing target will be something that produces carbon dioxide. She is hungry for a blood meal, and she isn't dumb enough to believe that she can get one from your bug zapper. The male mosquito, on the other hand, just thinks, "Ooooo, pretty light!" Zap!

How do you know this? In a study done by the University of Guelph, it was determined that a single bug zapper killed 3,212 insects, but only 3.3% of the dead insects were female mosquitoes. That means 97% of the insects killed were not biting mosquitoes. That means you're still getting bitten just as many times in your backyard even though you have tons of mosquitoes in your bug zapper. If you live in Tallahassee, you know this is just not acceptable. The mosquitoes can get really bad, and you need real protection.

How do you get rid of mosquitoes? You can't get rid of them entirely, but you can significantly reduce their population in your yard. Most mosquitoes don't travel more than 300 yards from where they were birthed. Though these insects can travel at 1.5 miles per hour and cover a distance of 1-3 miles, they typically don't. That means the mosquitoes biting you in your yard are coming from your yard and the close surrounding area. With professional mosquito control, you can reduce those numbers and make life a whole lot more bearable in your backyard.

If you live in Tallahassee, give McCall Service a call. Our mosquito control program kills adult females hiding on your property and egg sacks waiting to hatch with the next rainfall. Don't live with mosquitoes in Tallahassee. Get proactive. Kill them before they bite you.

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