Here are some fun (and not-so-fun) facts about mosquitoes from the American Mosquito Control Association.
- Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period – 400 million years ago.
- They are known from North America from the Cretaceous – 100 million years ago.
- There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.
- The average mosquito weighs about 2.5 milligrams.
- The average mosquito takes in about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
- Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.
- Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
- Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.
- Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid.
- Active or fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.
- Smelly feet are attractive to certain species of mosquitoes – as is Limburger Cheese.
- Dark clothing has been shown to attract some species of mosquitoes more than lighter colored clothing.
- Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.
- A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study
According to the American Heartworm Society, heartworm was diagnosed in all 50 states in 2019. This map shows the states with highest incidence, as well as other interesting statistics.
Make sure you consult your veterinary professional for the best way to prevent heartworm in your pet. It only takes one bite from one infected mosquito to transmit the parasite to an otherwise healthy animal.
Not all mosquito control companies are created equal. Here is a list of what you need to know about Mosquito Authority:
- Integrated Mosquito Management. IMM incorporates tactics like habitat removal and larval control. These extra steps break the mosquito life cycle in your yard.
- Start Early, End Late. Eggs remain viable through winter, so treating the larvae before they hatch — in early Spring — is the most effective prevention and control.
- It Starts With You. Standard treatment is scheduled every 21 days, corresponding to the mosquito life cycle and breakdown of the treatment protocol we use. A weekly walkthrough of your property can help identify new areas of mosquito breeding grounds, such as standing/stagnant water.
- Milder Than DEET. The solution used in your yard is milder than the DEET found in repellents you apply directly to your skin.
- Be Wary of DIY Alternatives. Ingredients and methods sold as DIY solutions to your mosquito problem may not be as effective as the traditional protocol and procedures of Mosquito Authority.
- Minimal Risk to Wildlife and Beneficial Insects. Our Specialists are trained to avoid blooming plants and trees where beneficial insects like to hang out. Birds, deer, and other wildlife are likely a mosquito’s first target and will benefit from mosquito population control.
- Good Value. Our value is in our trained Specialists, a proven treatment plan, and effective control of mosquitoes. You can be confident your money is well-spent as you enjoy your mosquito-free yard all season.
Most pet owners know that heartworm is a real danger, but did you know that mosquitoes are the sole vector of heartworm? Regular preventative treatments for dogs and cats are highly recommended by vets, even if your pets don’t regularly spend time outside. Mosquito Authority can eliminate mosquitoes from your yard, which can be just one step for you to take to keep your pets safe.
For information and updates about heartworm, we recommend checking out the American Heartworm Society (AHS) website. The AHS was established in 1974 to educate the public and veterinary professionals about the dangers of heartworm disease. Their website contains great resources for pet owners including “incidence maps” to see the data on heartworm occurrences in your region.
Colder temperatures usually mean a drop in the mosquito population. If you’re in a cooler climate and are mosquito-free, that’s fantastic! Just remember, they may not be gone, but instead just hiding out until Spring. Eggs laid in Fall can survive the winter, and some species of adult mosquitoes can hibernate until temps begin to rise.
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