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Facts About Mosquitoes

To control mosquitoes effectively, it is important to learn a few facts about them. Mosquitoes are flying insects. They have long thin legs and a pair of wings. Their head has a long proboscis which is what they use to bite and suck blood from humans and pets. The female mosquito is responsible for the biting as they need blood to generate eggs. The male and the female will feed on nectar from flowers as well. The female lays eggs in stagnant water which will then hatch into larvae. The larvae will feed on some organic material and other aquatic organism floating on the surface of the water.  Adult mosquitoes prefer dark spots and tend to avoid sunshine. This explains why they are mostly active at night. However, under cloudy conditions or in dark humid spots, the mosquitoes will comfortably carry on their business.

There are a few differences between male and female mosquitoes. The major difference is that the male does not draw blood from humans or animals. They feed entirely on nectar. The male is slightly smaller than the female of the same species. The proboscis of the male is busy while that of the female is smooth. The male has a relatively shorter lifespan than the female mosquito.

Mosquitoes can locate a human being from a distance of up to 300 feet. They are attracted by our smell. The human body produces a carbon dioxide scent which the mosquito senses and follows till it locates you. Lactic acid and other body odors are also easily picked up by these pesky creatures.

The mosquito using the proboscis, injects some saliva into the skin which acts as a coagulant to prevent blood from clotting. It will then suck blood till it’s full. If interrupted midway, it will attempt to locate another human to continue feeding.  In the process, it might transfer some disease-causing pathogens from one person to another.

Mosquitoes are capable of spreading dangerous diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and Zika virus. Besides the health risk, mosquitoes are a huge nuisance. Their bites cause itchiness and may be painful. In a few people, inflammation or swelling may occur. Their buzzing noises are a huge turnoff.  Mosquitoes are the most dangerous animals in the world. They are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal. There are more mosquitoes in the world than there are humans. These small creatures are well over 100 trillion with 3450 different species.  The USA has the most number of species with over 175.

Mosquito General is a mosquito control company in serving the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C areas. We use a protective barrier spray to control mosquito from residential and commercial areas. We also control mosquitoes in outdoor events. The spraying process is very efficient and it is cost effective as well. The spray is child and pet friendly and doesn’t leave a residue or any smell. It is invisible and odorless and dries within 30 minutes.

Contact us to today for a free quote!  On the web at mosquitogeneral.com or call us at 844-7-mosquito (844-766-7784).

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