During the summer months you are free from homework and classrooms. You’re free from layers and layers of clothes. The one thing that you can’t be free from are mosquitos! These little buggers love the summer time as much as we do and are out as often too. Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance with their itchy and irritating bites. They can transmit harmful diseases too such as West Nile Virus. A-Tex Pest Management delves more into the topic of this dangerous pest to help you prevent being bitten by mosquitoes in your yard this summer.
Is Blood the Only Thing Mosquitoes Eat?
Mosquitoes are not actually after blood all the time. They also feed on nectar and juice and even decaying matter. They can use these items for energy and to live their everyday life. When they do feed on blood it is usually from a female mosquito that needs the meal of blood to help develop her eggs. Mosquitoes don’t actually see very well but use the heat they sense from someone or something. Most mosquitos don’t usually want to feed on humans but would prefer other blood meals from things like birds, cows or even dogs. They will tend to go after whatever they see more often in their area.
Mosquitoes are Attracted to Stagnant Water
The mosquitoes like to spend time outside and near a water source. They enjoy fresh water that is stagnant and they don’t need a lot of it. They can be found breeding and living near areas around a home that has a bucket of water or any container that is left with a small amount of water. If you have a birdbath or kiddie pool you could be leaving a perfect spot for mosquitos to hang around your house.
How to Prevent Mosquito Bites?
How can you avoid being bitten by a mosquito? One way you can keep away from pesky mosquitos is by making sure that your screens are intact and they are kept shut. This can keep them from getting inside the house and causing havoc. You can also stay inside when they are most active. This is between sunset and sunrise. They stay low during the day but as soon as the sun is about to set mosquitoes start to buzz around. They will stay active all night, so a late night BBQ can put you in prime time mosquito party.