Contrary to the Belief of Many, Mosquitoes are NOT VampiresPosted by Mosquito Squad
December 20, 2023
It is a fact that mosquitoes are blood-sucking creatures. However, they are NOT vampires. How could they not be, you ask?
Mosquitoes spend most of their time drinking nectar from flowers, which they find from their dominant smell. They would not be able to locate their main source of nutrients if they did not have such a strong sense of smell. The chemical cues in flowers illuminate and attract mosquitoes’ olfactory.
Then Why are Mosquitoes Attracted to Humans?
Female mosquitoes are the culprits for seeking human blood. This is because the blood allows them to develop eggs. Male mosquitoes survive solely on water and the nectar from flowers.
All mosquitoes need water and that is the most commonplace for them to lay their eggs. However, that does not mean people who live far from water are in the clear from these flying pests. Any standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes which is why it is important to remove water where necessary. Follow our T’s of Mosquito Control to learn more about reducing mosquito habitats in your yard.
Mosquitoes can fly from a range of one to three miles. It has been discovered that some species in the Midwest can fly up to seven miles. That means none of us are 100% sheltered from these bugs.
Scientists have discovered that mosquitoes respond to sensory cues that trigger them to bite us. A particular set of chemicals from the human scent can attract mosquitoes. A difference in the ratio of these chemicals can be the reason for why some people get bit more than others.
The Best Method for Avoiding Mosquito Bites
Scientists are continuously researching to learn more about mosquitos’ dependence on their sense of smell. Their ultimate goal is to use the information to develop better ways to protect humans from mosquito bites and the dangerous diseases that they spread. Our naturalproducts interrupt the sensory process for mosquitoes, which is why it works so well. We are always staying on the forefront of the products that work the best.
Since we begrudgingly support the female mosquitoes trying to nurture their children, the same applies to us. We need to protect ourselves and our loved ones from mosquito bites.
While mosquitoes are blood-sucking pests, it is important to remember that is not all they live on. So don’t feel bad for shoeing these bugs away as they can go to flower nectar for their next meal instead of taking our blood from us. With Mosquito Squad of West St. Louis County, we offer multiple mosquito control services to help lower your risk of contracting mosquito diseases and the very annoying part of simply being bit.