Why Do Mosquitoes Bite – And Other Mosquito FAQs
- July 12, 2021
Mosquitoes are, without a doubt, the most annoying pest in the animal kingdom. We’d do just about anything to prevent them from biting us, and that has led to some misconceptions, myths, and misinformation. Today, we’ll look at some of the most common FAQs we see when it comes to mosquitoes.
Yes! You’ve likely seen what happens when you leave your porch light on in the summer – it will soon be swarming with moths, mosquitoes, and other bugs. Like the majority of bugs, mosquitoes are programmed to use moonlight to assist with finding their way. Since artificial, human-made light can be just as bright or brighter than the moon, it perplexes mosquitoes. Consequently, mosquitoes, and other bugs, will seek out the lights. It’s not so much that they are drawn to the light, but more that they are confusing it with the moon.
Yes. This is one of the biggest pieces of information surrounding mosquitoes. Mosquitoes use their proboscis, the syringe-like structure on their face, to puncture your skin and draw out blood. While wearing long sleeve clothing will hinder their feeding, it is not a guarantee to prevent them. Plenty of clothing is made with loosely woven fabric – especially summer clothing – because it helps us cool off. But these loose-weave fabrics don’t shield us from mosquitoes. Also, even if you’re wearing tighter-woven clothing, it gives mosquitoes a chance to really go to work if you sit still for too long. For example, if you nap outdoors or sit in a lounge chair for a long period without moving. The only surefire way to prevent mosquitoes is not with protective clothing but a professional mosquito control application.
No. This is another myth that has no scientific backing. The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, can’t survive or replicate in a mosquito. It’s also NOT possible for a mosquito to bite an HIV-positive person, bite an HIV-negative person immediately after, and infect them. The virus and mosquitoes simply don’t mix. There are many mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika, dengue fever, malaria, and West Nile virus, but thankfully HIV does not make that list.
Yes, mosquitoes have no qualms about feeding off your cat, dog, guinea pig, or livestock. Unfortunately, these bites can cause heartworm, a serious medical condition that can be fatal for your animal. If you own horses, they can fall victim to eastern equine encephalitis.
Yes. In particular, the Asian Tiger mosquito, an invasive species found here in Texas, is notorious for being active during the daytime. Most mosquitoes’ peak activity is during the twilight hours because mosquitoes don’t like direct sunlight. That being said, if you have a yard or property with many trees or other structures that provide ample shade, you shouldn’t be surprised to find mosquitoes buzzing about during the day. As long as they feel sheltered from the sun or strong winds, they will venture out. And with that information in mind, we’re not suggesting you rid your yard of trees and rack up a costly cooling bill to avoid mosquitoes. You can keep all your foliage with an outdoor mosquito control application.
It depends on their sex. Male mosquitoes live for only a few weeks, while females live for up to a month. With such a short and fast lifespan, you can see why a mosquito control program is a must.
The studies done on this subject have been inconclusive. The available research indicates that mosquitoes may prefer individuals with blood type O. But several factors play into the equation more than likely. Like the simple act of breathing. Exhaling carbon dioxide alerts mosquitoes to a potential meal nearby, and they will follow it. You might also have a body odor that is more attractive to them. They are also attracted to heat and dark colors, though scientists aren’t sure why they prefer darker colors.
Ditch the bug spray and put out the citronella torches – there’s a better way to deal with these annoying and harmful pests. Get a backyard mosquito control treatment from DFW Mosquitoes. We offer both a season-long program for those that want total protection or a one-time spray for special events like family reunions, barbecues, graduation parties, and wedding receptions. Stop hitting yourself and get back to enjoying your outdoor space. To learn more or schedule an appointment, give us a call at (817) 615-4944 or leave us a message online.