Surprising Insights for Effective Pest Control
As the weather warms up in Charleston and surrounding areas, many people start to spend more time outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. However, with warmer weather comes an increase in mosquito activity, which can put a damper on outdoor activities. While most people are aware that mosquitoes can be a nuisance and transmit diseases, there are many little known facts about these pesky insects that may surprise you. In this blog post, we will explore some of these little known mosquito facts, and provide tips for preventing and controlling mosquito populations around your home. As a pest control company, we understand the importance of effective mosquito control measures, and are here to help you enjoy a mosquito-free summer.
- Only female mosquitoes bite: Male mosquitoes feed on flower nectar, while females require blood to lay eggs.
- Mosquitoes can detect your breath: Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide you exhale, as well as your body odor and heat.
- Mosquitoes prefer certain blood types: Research suggests that mosquitoes are more attracted to people with Type O blood than those with other blood types.
- Mosquitoes can fly in the rain: Mosquitoes can withstand light rain because their bodies are so light, but they will seek shelter during heavy downpours.
- Mosquitoes are not strong fliers: Mosquitoes are not strong fliers and typically fly at a speed of 1-1.5 miles per hour.
- Mosquitoes have a short lifespan: The average lifespan of a mosquito is around two weeks, although some species can live up to a month.
- Mosquitoes can carry diseases: Mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as malaria, Zika virus, and West Nile virus to humans and animals.
- Mosquitoes have a unique feeding method: Mosquitoes have a long, needle-like mouthpart called a proboscis, which they use to pierce the skin and suck blood. They also inject saliva into the wound, which can cause itching and swelling.
- Mosquitoes can lay eggs in a tiny amount of water: Mosquitoes can lay their eggs in as little as a teaspoon of water, making it important to eliminate any standing water around your home.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to certain colors: Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colors such as black, navy, and red and less attracted to light colors such as white and yellow.