July 14, 2020

Five Ways You Could Be Attracting Mosquitoes In Beaumont Without Knowing

Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world. Unfortunately, many people in Beaumont unknowingly attract these pests onto their property. Find out how you could be attracting mosquitoes and what you should do to deter them.

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Why Don’t You Want To Attract Mosquitoes?

Not only are mosquitoes relentless, but they also leave you with an itchy reminder of their presence. For that reason alone, you don't want mosquitoes around your Beaumont home. But there’s another reason you should keep these pests away. When a mosquito bites you, it has the potential to transmit one of several diseases. They are carriers of Zika, malaria, and West Nile virus, to name a few. By attracting mosquitoes to your home, you’re putting yourself and your family at risk. 
You can identify mosquitoes by their two wings and a long proboscis. But you don’t need to fear all mosquitoes; only the females are dangerous. The males only feed on nectar, while the females need to feed on nectar and blood.

What Attracts Mosquitoes?

Many people unknowingly draw mosquitoes to themselves and their property. All of the following factors attract mosquitoes:

1. Standing Water

As you may already know, mosquitoes are often found by standing water. They breed in stagnant water, which makes them seek out water-filled dog dishes, planters, and ponds. If you have any standing water in your backyard, you’re inviting mosquitoes onto your property.

2. Dark Colors

To find a host, a female mosquito seeks out heat. When you wear dark colors, you attract heat from the sun. This makes you more appealing than ever to these biting insects. By wearing light and bright colors, you can limit your chances of experiencing mosquito bites.

3. Dense Vegetation

If you have dense vegetation in your yard, you’re harboring mosquitoes. These insects like the moisture and high humidity that can be found in lush greenery. Although you might be proud of your shrubs and plants, they could be the reason you’re constantly battling mosquitoes.

Trim back your vegetation and you will limit mosquito hiding spots. And while you don’t need to say goodbye to your gardens, you should keep large garden beds away from your home. Set them further back to keep mosquitoes as far from you as possible.

4. You’re Pregnant

Believe it or not, mosquitoes are drawn to pregnant women. According to one study, pregnant women are two times more attractive to malaria-carrying mosquitoes than non-pregnant women.

There are two reasons for this. First, there’s the fact that pregnant women exhale more than non-pregnant women. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide. Second, there's the issue of body heat. Pregnant women have an increased body temperature, which is appealing to mosquitoes.

5. You Have Type O Blood

It’s just a myth that mosquitoes are attracted to people with sweet blood. However, they do have a preference when it comes to blood.

People with type O blood are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes than individuals with other types of blood. So, just by being yourself, you could be attracting the insects to you.

Keeping Mosquitoes Away

An effective way to keep mosquitoes away is to do your best not to attract them. But that will only get you so far. After all, you can’t change your blood type or eliminate all vegetation from your backyard.

While some homeowners turn to DIY methods of mosquito prevention, those methods are mostly ineffective and may even be dangerous. For a safe and effective way to keep mosquito populations down, partner with a professional.

If you’re ready to tackle your mosquito problem, contact the professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions.


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