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10 Things to Know About Mosquitoes

Posted: June 27, 2017 – Mosquito Squad

  1. Their numbers are greater than you think. In Virginia there are over 50 species of mosquitoes, some of which carry disease and put our family at risk. 725,000 humans are killed per year due to mosquito bites; this is why they call the mosquito the deadliest animal in the world.
  2. We’re in the heat of a high mosquito activity season. The weather has warmed up, foliage continues to grow and the nights are longer. Mosquitoes thrive in warm, damp habitats which can describe the Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach area after all of the rain we have received.
  3. Some mosquito species carry disease. In Virginia, the most dangerous disease we worry about is the Zika Virus as it continues to spread. Having your property treated will help ease your mind that you and your family are protected.
  4. Mosquitoes need water to survive and reproduce. Unfortunately for us, all it takes for a mosquito to reproduce is small water bottle cap full of water. Follow Mosquito Squad’s 7 Tips for reducing the mosquito population on your property.
  5. The mosquito life cycle can range anywhere from 4 days to 30 days depending on the mosquito species. The mosquito life cycle has four stages; Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult.
  6. Mosquitoes prefer shaded, damp areas to rest and typically are not out during hot sunny days. However, they do prefer the air temperature to be around 80. On days that are higher than 80 (the majority of days in Virginia), mosquitoes will come out at night to feed.
  7. The female mosquito is the only one that bites. Female mosquitoes need the blood meal for protein to help their eggs develop.
  8. Mosquitoes don’t fly very fast or far. Mosquitoes can fly no longer than 1 to 3 miles and often stay within several hundred feet of where they were hatched.
  9. Mosquitoes are attracted to human sweat and pheromones. Mosquitoes have receptors on their antennae’s that detect carbon dioxide. As the mosquito gets closer, they begin to smell the pheromones we give off and eventually find us to feed.
  10. Depending on the species of mosquito they feed at different times of the day. For example, the Aedes mosquito feeds in the daytime and into dusk whereas the Culex mosquito feeds at night once the sun has gone down.

If you’re having major mosquito problems on your property and have tried just about everything to get rid of them but haven’t yet, Mosquito Squad of Hampton Roads can help. We offer a mosquito barrier treatment that will eliminate up to 80-85% of mosquitoes and will keep a large number of them out of your yard for up to 3 weeks. Give us a call now at 757-422-2483 to discuss your mosquito control needs!

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