Mosquito season has arrived in New England. While we are aware of the nuisances, these pests bring, how much do we truly know about them? This article highlights some facts about mosquitos that you may not have known. As some may not seem relevant to everyday life, when looked at as a whole, you can realize why MA mosquito control is imperative to keeping your family safe.
Did you know that there are a reported 3,000 different species of mosquitos worldwide? 150 of these have been found throughout North America. Further, 51 different species are in Massachusetts alone.
Mosquitos like damp, shady areas. Thus, the mosquito is mainly active at dusk and throughout the night when the threat of the hot sun has passed. That being said, you can still be bitten by a mosquito during the daytime hours.
The mosquito has four stages of life; egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Eggs are laid in water or damp soil which is why it is imperative to keep your property clean. Old items such as tires, pools, and flower pots can harbor puddles creating the perfect environment for mosquitos to lay their eggs. The average female lives for less than two weeks, and males less than one week.
Adult mosquitos are the only ones who fly. Females are the only ones that bite. Fun fact, a mosquito can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour. Although the common belief is that mosquitos feed on blood, it is used to make eggs. Nectars from plant and fruit are the primary source of food. Attracted to carbon dioxide, a female mosquito can trace a stream of exhaled air from as far as 50 feet away. Once they do discover you, certain fragrances and dark colors are more likely to grab the attention of the thirsty pests.
While not all mosquitos bite humans, the ones that do often bite other mammals as well. Thus, diseases that may be carried in birds are transmitted to humans. West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are two of the most commonly heard diseases contracted through mosquito bites. Both range in symptoms from mild to life-threatening. Each year, these diseases are the cause of several deaths in the Northeast.
Mosquito control is an essential element of disease prevention during the warmer months. There are several options available including sprays and yard treatments. Like your parents may have said hundreds of times, it is better to be safe than sorry. Allgreen Lawn provides MA mosquito control for your family in a variety of programs. Offering dual protection against ticks, as well as organic options, contact them today for your free estimate (617) 327-5555.