All The Ways You Attract Charlotte Mosquitoes
August 21, 2020
Summer is well underway here in Charlotte, NC, and if you’ve been outside recently, then you know how bad the mosquitoes get this time of year. These bloodsucking pests can get merciless, especially in a state like North Carolina with its many rivers and mountains.
The bad news is: mosquitoes are more dangerous than you think. These pests are bascd news for Charlotte residents, and you may be doing things to attract them to your home and family. The good news is: mosquitoes don’t have to ruin your summer fun. Let’s discuss why mosquitoes are attracted to your home, and what Charlotte homeowners can do to prevent them.
Mosquito Identification Tips
Mosquitoes are a distinctively gangly pest. These flying insects grow between ¼ and ½ of an inch in length. They have narrow, dark bodies, body-length wings, short antennae, and a long feeding tube on their head called a proboscis.
What makes mosquitoes so distinctive is their six long legs. A mosquito’s legs are often longer than its body, giving it an outsized, gangly appearance. Despite their distinctive look, make no mistake: mosquitoes are fast, quiet insects, and you are more likely to see a mosquito’s bite than the pest itself.
These bites are why some scientists consider mosquitoes to be the most dangerous animal in the world. No, mosquito bites aren’t venomous, but they can contain a whole host of dangerous pathogens. Even in the United States, mosquito bites can transmit diseases like West Nile virus, Zika virus, dengue, and yellow fever. These pests are no joke, and if you find yourself getting bitten a lot, preventative measures are necessary.
Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted To Me?
Do you find that mosquitoes bite you much more often than they bite your friends? In one night, you might have bites all over your forearms, while the people around you are bite-free. There are several reasons for this, and some of these factors are within your control.
When a mosquito is attracted to you, they move towards you because they sense the carbon dioxide you breathe out. Obviously, you can’t control the need to breathe, but you can “disrupt” the plume of carbon dioxide you emit by moving around a lot, or by sitting in a breeze.
Additionally, mosquitoes may be more attracted to dark clothes, and they are certainly attracted to the taste of sweat. Finally, mosquitoes may prefer blood with more sugar in it, and that includes alcohol. Keeping dry, wearing light clothes, and drinking indoors are ways to reduce your attractiveness to mosquitoes.
However, some factors aren’t in your control. For example, some studies suggest that mosquitoes are more attracted to O-type blood. Pregnant women are also more likely to get bitten, as are larger and taller people who exhale more carbon dioxide. You can’t change these factors; however, you can change some things in your home.
What Attracts Mosquitoes To Charlotte Households
Mosquitoes prefer households with a lot of moisture and standing water, as well as ample vegetation to nest in. If you want to make your home less appealing to mosquitoes, consider the following:
- Pare down hedges, grasses, and leaf piles. These are perfect spots for mosquitoes to lie in wait for a meal.
- Clear puddles, standing water, and your drains. Mosquitoes need this water to lay eggs, so by reducing moisture around the yard, they have less of a reason to stay nearby.
- Install a porch net. While this won’t keep mosquitoes away, it will portion off a section of your yard that protects you from mosquito-borne diseases.
On top of these tips, the best form of mosquito control in Charlotte comes with professional assistance. For comprehensive mosquito management, contact the experts at Aruza Pest Control, and we’ll kill off these dangerous insects in every stage of the life cycle to keep you and your family safe.