Mosquitoes: The Most Prominent Pests In Chesapeake


What Types Of Smells Attract Mosquitoes? 

Mosquitoes are fascinating little creatures. For one, they don’t have the best eyesight. To identify prey, they use silhouettes on light backdrops. If you wear dark clothing, you are scientifically more visible to these pests. In the same way, if you exercise or work outdoors, your increased breathing and body heat will draw in mosquitoes. You see, mosquitoes have a great sense of smell. They can pick up carbon dioxide exhalation from across your yard. What smells attract mosquitoes besides carbon dioxide? Studies have shown that these pests are drawn to perfume, cologne, and scented lotions as they simulate the nectar mosquitoes like to eat. 

The Life Cycle Of Mosquitoes 

Mosquitoes go through a strange series of development before reaching adulthood, strange compared to other insects in our area. It all starts with a pool of stagnant water. Females seek out these moist areas to lay their eggs. If a pool is disturbed before eggs hatch they become unviable, which means they die. On average, a female mosquito will lay about 100 eggs at a time. These eggs take a few days to hatch and can lay dormant for long periods when it is cold. Once hatched, larvae develop into pupae in five days. It then takes another two to three days for pupae to mature into adult mosquitoes. All of this complicated jargon aside, what you need to know is that standing water provides places for mosquitoes to create more mosquitoes. If your property or properties nearby have moisture issues, you will have trouble with these biting pests.

Do Mosquitoes Only Bite Humans?

A mosquito will bite any living creature that has blood. Out in nature, these small flies steal blood from deer, foxes, birds, bats, and even frogs. What most people do not consider is that where there is blood transference, there is the chance of spreading blood-borne diseases. Mosquitoes are notorious for their ability to pick up and transmit blood-borne illnesses. In fact, they are responsible for over a million human deaths worldwide each year. Many of these illnesses are picked up from sick animals. Birds, bats, lizards, and antelopes are all vectors for malaria. If you have mosquitoes on your property, do your best to avoid bites. This is the only way to guarantee you do not get sick with a mosquito-borne illness. 

How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes On Your Chesapeake Property

If you are looking for what repels mosquitoes, you are in the right place. The experts at Hawk Mosquito & Pest are experts in mosquito control and would be happy to assist you in avoiding bites this year. We will implement fast-working treatments to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard and re-treat every few months to make sure the treatments remain as effective as possible. 

Call us today to learn more about professional yard spray for flies and mosquitoes or if you have questions about pest control in Chesapeake. Let us find a pest care solution that meets your needs.