All About Mosquitoes

There are a lot of wonderful things about summer. Mosquitoes aren’t one of them. One small bite can leave you unpleasantly itchy. Today we’re going to teach you all about mosquitoes, so that you can reclaim your backyard and enjoy your summer mosquito free.

The Basics

There are 3,000 species of mosquitoes in existence. Only 174 species are found in America and 3 carry the primary responsibility for spreading diseases. When they are breeding, a female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs, one egg at a time, up to 3 times in her lifespan. Eggs are laid on pools of stagnant water. Once an egg is laid it can take anywhere from 10 to 14 days to mature into an adult.

Mosquito Food Sources

Once a mosquito is fully matured, it’s time to eat. These flying insects set out seeking their prey by following the trail of carbon dioxide we exhale. Mosquitoes feed on blood and can make a decision of who to feed on out of a crowd based on a number of factors impacting the smell of a person’s skin. Interestingly enough, mosquitoes actually feed on the sugar found in plant nectar and females only feed on blood for the purpose of egg production. Once a human has been bitten by a mosquito, the human body produces a hormone called histamine that causes swelling and itching in the area.

Mosquito Prevention

Since mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, a great way to help prevent a mosquito problem is to rid your yard of any standing water sources such as bird baths and rain barrels. Family Pest Solutions offers Organic Mosquito Treatments which are applied in areas that mosquitoes hide during the day. This greatly reduces overall population.

Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.