Why Are Phoenix Mosquitoes Attracted To Some More Than Others?

1/28/2021

Is there anything more obnoxious than mosquitoes? They come in seemingly endless numbers, they buzz incessantly, and their bites leave itchy, red welts. To make matters worse, mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on the planet. As such, you should want to do everything in your power to keep these blood-sucking pests away. But did you know that some of the things you may be doing could be making you more attractive to mosquitoes? It is important for you to know the steps you can take to make both yourself and your Phoenix property less attractive to mosquitoes. 

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Mosquito Basics

Mosquitoes are fly-like insects with long, slender legs and tube-like mouthparts that they use to feed on the blood of animals. As they can feed on a variety of different animals and people in quick succession, mosquitoes are capable of spreading various bloodborne diseases, which is why they are considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous animals. Diseases that mosquitoes have been known to spread include the West Nile virus, various types of encephalitis, Zika virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya. 

Factors That Make People More Attractive To Mosquitoes

Given that mosquitoes can spread so many harmful diseases, knowing what attracts them to people can go a long way in lowering your exposure to them. However, some of the things that attract mosquitoes to certain people can be quite irregular. For instance, did you know that mosquitoes are more attracted to people with type O blood than to people with other blood types? In addition, mosquitoes prefer the blood of pregnant women over nonpregnant women and men. People who wear dark-colored clothing are more attractive to mosquitoes than people who wear lighter-colored clothes. Finally, mosquitoes are more attracted to people who have been drinking alcohol than those who haven’t. 

Other Factors That Attract Mosquitoes

In addition to the various aspects that might attract mosquitoes to certain people, there are also factors that attract mosquitoes to certain properties. For instance, mosquitoes require stagnant water for them to lay eggs upon. Therefore, properties with areas of standing water could attract more mosquitoes than other properties. Mosquitoes also prefer properties with long and unkempt lawns and overgrown vegetation. Mosquitoes also prefer to feed at dawn and dusk. 

Mosquito Prevention Tips

Now that you know the various factors that attract mosquitoes, you can start to understand the various steps you can take to better protect yourself and your property from these dangerous pests. And while some factors are out of your control, like your blood type, there are still some preventive measures you should take. These include:

  • Wear lighter-colored clothing.

  • Refrain from going outside at times when mosquitoes prefer to feed.

  • Avoid drinking excess alcohol while spending time outside.

  • Avoid areas that are likely to be high in mosquitoes such as around ponds and marshes.

  • Fill in low-lying areas around your property to prevent pooling.

  • Keep gutters free of debris.

  • Keep your lawn well-manicured.

  • Trim back any vegetation from around your property.

While it’s not possible to completely protect yourself from mosquitoes, taking these steps should greatly help to lower your exposure to them. 

More Mosquito Prevention Advice & Assistance

If you have any further questions about what attracts mosquitoes, or if you require assistance with mosquito control around your property, contact the professionals here at Green Home Pest Control right away. Here at Green Home Pest Control, we offer a variety of residential pest control plans to best fit your needs. This includes one-time treatments as well as ongoing treatment plans to ensure that your property is mosquito-free all year long. Don’t let mosquitoes threaten the health and safety of your family. Give us a call today. 

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