- What attracts mosquitoes to humans?
The most common acceptable answer is carbon dioxide. Once near our environments other attractants come into play. These include, but are not limited to body odors, body heat and lactic acids.
- Do all mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus?
No. The West Nile Virus is a form of encephalitis that can be carried by approximately 43 species of mosquitoes, although most of these species will not transfer the virus to humans. Your professional mosquito specialist can inspect your property and determine your risk factors based on your environment and geographical location.
- What can I do to reduce mosquitoes in my yard?
Eliminating standing water in your yard is the number one item you can do to help prevent mosquito infestations. Anything that holds water needs to be addressed. A small bottle cap or a large leaf on the ground can pool enough water to allow mosquitoes to breed.
- Do surrounding properties have effects on my mosquito issues?
Yes. Mosquitoes can travel long distances looking for a blood meal. Items on surrounding properties can be a factor in the level of mosquito activity you experience on your property.
- How long do mosquitoes live?
Life spans of mosquitoes vary by species. Most female mosquitoes will live two to three weeks. Some mosquitoes that overwinter in garages, culverts, and attics can live as long as six months.
- Do all mosquitoes feed on blood?
Only female mosquitoes feed on blood. Female mosquitoes feed prior to laying eggs in most instances. All mosquitoes both male and female feed on plant nectars.
- How far can mosquitoes fly?
Distances mosquitoes can fly depends upon the species. The Asian Tiger mosquito has a range of approximately 300 feet. Other mosquitoes can fly up to distances of one to three miles. Salt marsh mosquitoes have been known to fly up to one hundred miles.