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Everything You Never Knew About Mosquitoes

What is a culicidologist?  A culicidologist is a person who studies mosquitoes.  I am going to assume that you are not a culicidologist and though I am not officially a member of this field, I have learned much about mosquitoes since we began a mosquito control business.  I wanted to share some of this information with you!

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal on the planet killing between 750,000 to 1,000,000 people worldwide every year.  They are much more than just a nuisance.  Sometimes they carry some nasty diseases like Zika, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Dengue and Malaria. Plus, they are the only carrier of Heartworm. It has been proven, though, that they do not carry the Covid-19 virus, so there’s some good news!  There are many myths and misunderstandings about mosquitoes.  Here are some facts:

  • There are about 3500 species of mosquitoes in the world, about 175 species in North America and here in Virginia there are about 50 different species.
  • Not all species of mosquitoes bite humans, and only the females bite because they need the blood to produce their eggs.
  • Mosquitoes, male and female, need sugar meals to survive. They feed on plant leaves.
  • Mosquitoes love to harbor in places that are cool, shaded, damp and out of the wind, such as the undersides of leafy vegetation, under sheds, porches and decks, and under piles of logs and brush. These are the areas that our technicians target when treating yards.
  • Backyard container mosquitoes such as the Asian Tiger mosquito and the Yellow Fever mosquito are probably the most common ones that you will deal with in your yard. They breed in water found in anything that can hold water in your yard, buckets, flower pots, birdbaths, old tires, clogged gutters, etc.  They can lay between 150-250 eggs at a time and they spread their eggs around between many different containers.  These are known as Aedes mosquitoes and they tend to bite more during the day time.

Yellow Fever Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

  • The eggs of the Aedes mosquitoes are drought resistant and can sit in a container for more than a year just waiting for water to hatch!
  • Other types of mosquitoes known as Culex and Anopheles tend to bite more at night time. Here in Hanover County, the Southern House Mosquito is a common Culex type. They can lay around 300 eggs at a time.  They lay their eggs all together on the top of standing water in what looks like a raft.

Southern House Mosquito Laying Eggs

  • Female mosquitoes live about 6 weeks, unless you have Mosquito Hunters treat your yard. The males only live for about 1 week.  It also takes about 1 week for eggs to hatch and become adult mosquitoes, except when it’s really hot, then the process can take less days.
  • People try many things to repel mosquitoes and avoid the bite–bug spray, citronella candles and torches, various plants, bug zappers, wrist bands, eating garlic, etc. The problem is that there is no scientific evidence to support that these things help at all with repelling mosquitoes, other than bug spray with DEET, but who likes to spray that stuff on all the time?
  • Each one of us has about 350 different odors in our bodies, a unique chemical signature, if you will. For some of us, unfortunately, that makes us more appealing to mosquitoes.  That is the reason that some folks get eaten alive while the person sitting next to them gets no bites.  Just tell yourself that you’re irresistibly delicious!

Mosquitoes are certainly annoying, both their buzz and their bite, plus, they can carry some deadly diseases.  It is important to learn about them and how you can protect yourself and your family from them.  At Mosquito Hunters of East Henrico-Mechanicsville that is our main goal, to help you protect your family and to be able to comfortably enjoy your yard!

For more information or a personalized quote, contact us at 804-244-0702 or visit our website at https://mosquitohunters.com/mechanicsville-va/.

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