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It may not feel like it on these chilly early April mornings in Upstate New York, but spring is here.  Spring brings flowers and life back into our dreary gardens and backyards, and with that comes mosquitoes.

 What are mosquitoes?

There are about 170 different kinds of mosquitoes in North America alone. Because they all have two transparent, veined wings, these pests are part of the same family as houseflies and fruit flies. Best known as a summer pest, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. (pestworld)

Smithsonianmag.com shares a unique take on mosquitoes:

While they can seem pointless and purely irritating to us humans, mosquitoes do play a substantial role in the ecosystem. Mosquitoes form an important source of biomass in the food chain—serving as food for fish as larvae and for birds, bats, and frogs as adult flies—and some species are important pollinators. Mosquitoes don’t deserve such a bad rap, says Yvonne-Marie Linton, research director at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, which curates Smithsonian’s U.S. National Mosquito Collection. Out of the more than 3,500 mosquito species, only around 400 can transmit diseases like malaria and West Nile virus to people, and most don’t feed on humans at all.

FAQs:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

Mosquitoes are common flying insects that live in most parts of the world. Over 3,700 types of mosquitoes can be found worldwide.

  • Not all mosquitoes bite people or animals. When mosquitoes bite people, the most common reactions are itching and swelling.
  • Some mosquitoes can be vectors. A vector is an animal, insect, or tick that spreads pathogens (germs) to people and animals. The germs (viruses and parasites) that mosquitoes spread can make you sick.
  • Some mosquitoes bite but do not spread germs. These types of mosquitoes are called nuisance mosquitoes.
  • Adult mosquitoes live indoors and outdoors.
  • Mosquitoes can bite day and night.
  • Adult mosquitoes live for about 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the species, humidity, temperature, and other factors. Female mosquitoes often live longer than male mosquitoes.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite people and animals to get a blood meal. Female mosquitoes need a blood meal to produce eggs.
  • Mosquitoes get infected with germs, such as viruses and parasites when they bite infected people and animals.
  • It takes just a few infected mosquitoes to start an outbreak in a community and put you and your family at risk of becoming sick.
  • Did you know one mosquito can bite you more than once? Yikes!

What diseases do mosquitoes carry?

Certain mosquitoes can harbor and transmit the microorganisms that cause diseases. These organisms (disease pathogens) are often viruses that are contracted or “picked up” by the mosquito when it bites (feeds on) an infected host. Hosts include domestic or wild animals and people. The virus develops and multiplies inside the mosquito. The infected mosquito then transmits the virus through its saliva when it bites another uninfected host. By passing on the virus, the mosquito acts as a “vector” of the disease.

Yellow fever, West Nile virus (WNV), and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) are some examples of mosquito-borne diseases or “arboviruses” (arthropod-borne viruses).

Although these viruses have probably been around for centuries, only within the past 100 years has it been determined that they were spread by mosquitoes. Mainly because of organized mosquito control efforts, better sanitation, and vaccines, many of these diseases are kept in check and are not usually thought of in today’s society. However, the diseases are still prevalent in some parts of the world. For example, malaria, another mosquito-borne disease, kills 2.7 million people each year and infects 300 to 500 million others. The vast majority of mosquito-borne diseases occur in Africa and the tropics of southeast Asia and South America. (ct.gov)

What attracts mosquitoes?

Science reveals that a variety of factors might make you more palatable to mosquitoes, from your skin microbiota and carbon dioxide emitted in your breath to the color of clothing you’re wearing (with colors like red, orange, and black being the most attractive to mosquitoes). But in the end, much of the variation in mosquito preference comes down to two factors: our natural body odor and genetics. Read more from Pfizer.com.

What smell do mosquitoes hate?

We all know mosquitoes hate the smell of citronella, but some other scents can repel mosquitoes.

  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Marigolds- plant a pot and surround your outdoor dining table with them
  • Lemon Balm
  • Coffee- keep the grounds and use them in your garden soil mix.
  • Garlic
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Common areas around your home attracting mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are resilient and defiantly have their favorite places to feed in and around your home:

  • Check for areas of stagnant water. If you have a pond or bird bath with standing water, use a fountain in the pond and replace the standing water in the bird bath daily.
  • Remove trash cans near your backyard entertainment area. (This may also help with flies and bees).
  • Inspect all window screens, doors, and other openings. Replace old screens with a fine mesh.
  • Avoid going outdoors at night without proper clothing and repellant.
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET on exposed skin anytime you’re around mosquitoes. DEET doesn’t kill the mosquitoes; it repels and disorients them so they look elsewhere for food!
  • If you are camping, having a birthday party, or a kids’ sleepover, surround the area with “mosquito” netting or use a tent with proper netting and screen windows.

How can you prevent mosquito bites?

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Girl in the forest uses the spray against mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes bite most frequently around dawn and dusk. If you must or want to be outside during those times, it’s best to be inside a screened-in porch or dressed in clothing that leaves less skin exposed as a target for mosquitoes. Your best protection will be insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

If you plan to stay indoors, you must ensure the mosquitoes stay outside. Remember to tour your house and check the status of the window screens and the seals of your doors. It’s recommended that you screen all windows and doors and patch up even the smallest tears to reduce your risk of exposure to mosquito-borne diseases.

A mosquito bite typically results in a pink, itchy bump. As tempting as it may be, avoid scratching it, as this only agitates the venom and increases the itching and swelling. In addition, over-scratching might cause breaks in the skin that can serve as a port of entry for bacterial infections. All bites should be washed with soap and cold water. Benadryl and over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone cream may be indicated for intense itching and larger reactions. If there are signs and symptoms of infection, you may need to see your doctor for antibiotics. (pestworld.org)

Don’t let mosquitoes keep you and your family indoors!

Get outdoors this spring and summer with family and friends, and don’t let mosquitoes or other pests dampen the fun. All Pest Proz offers seasonal programs for pest control. We can also treat your backyard or lake house before a graduation party, birthday celebration, or wedding ceremony. Contact us to learn more and get a free quote.

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Resources: pestworld, Smithsonianmag.com, CDC,

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