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What Attracts Mosquitoes?

Summer is the time when we enjoy and go out for a vacation. The summer brings the perfect weather for spending time outside, whether hosting a cookout, playing games in the yard with the family, or simply relaxing and soaking up the sun. Unfortunately, mosquitoes love summers too.

Summer is the perfect time to multiply for mosquitoes. But, have you ever thought that why some properties are laden with mosquitoes and others are not?

Let’s find out the things that attract mosquitoes:

Water, Nectar, and Blood:

Adult mosquitoes feast on nectar and blood for their meal. Water provides hydration and a hospitable area for mosquito breeding.

Mosquitoes are attracted to properties with an abundance of water and flowers. The little buggers favor luring around plants as the water gets collected in troughs. Any property that can hold water will attract mosquitoes. Water in any container from birdbaths to clogged gutters and beyond will attract mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes look for sheltered and cool spaces:

Mosquitoes are affected by the depletion of the ozone layer, just like humans. Planet Earth is becoming excessively hot. They are in search of a place that is safe, cool, and out of direct sunlight. Mosquitoes are likely to gather in areas shielded from the sun during the blazing hot afternoon. Your property will have more mosquitoes if your yard has tall trees, weeds, and bushes.

Mosquitoes attracted to specific scents:

Mosquitoes attract by perfumes, air fresheners, deodorants, and other odors. Mosquitoes love floral scents.

It means if your property is laden with lovely-smelling flowers will attract a steady stream of mosquitoes. It does not mean that you should remove all the lovely flowers from your property. One must be selective in choosing flowers for your backyard. Select flowers or greenery that does not have a strong fragrance which will ultimately reduce the terrorizing mosquitoes.

Standing Water:

Mosquitoes breed or lay eggs on standing water. Rain creates pools of standing water-attracting hordes of mosquito presence after rainstorms. These creatures give a breeding cycle at the new standing pond of water, causing long-term problems. Be sure to clear all the plant pots, gutters, sandboxes, or even dog bowls outside. Do not make standing water a mosquito hangout place.

Tall grass and vegetation:

Mosquitoes love to be in shady and cool places. Tall grass and vegetation provide options for the mosquitoes to breed, inviting the naughty buggers in flocks. Keep your vegetation trimmed grass mowed to avoid making your lawn a mosquito haven.

Final Words

It is best to call for pest control services if you have a bug or mosquito problem. Pest control professionals will analyze your pest problem, determine the appropriate solution, and get rid of those buggers once and for all.

Fighting Zika Could Cost The United States Billions Of Dollars | Mosquito Control

Fighting Zika Could Cost The United States Billions Of Dollars | Mosquito ControlFemale Aedes Mosquito

There has been much debate lately on Capitol Hill concerning how much funding should be spent on Zika research and prevention. The economic impact that the virus can have in the US could be immense if proper preventative measures are not taken. Many politicians are concerned that not funding Zika research could cost the government more in the long run. Now researchers are able to estimate Zika related costs with an advanced computational calculator. According to researchers the cost of battling the Zika virus after it has started to spread could cost anywhere from 183 million to 1.2 billion dollars.

Starting in 2015 the Zika virus devastated the South American country of Brazil, and then the virus began spreading internationally. Today, more than forty countries have citizens that have contracted the Zika virus. Six US states are also at high risk for the spread of Zika. These states include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

A group of researchers from New York have recently developed a calculator that gives accurate estimates as to how much money each country or state will have to spend to curb the spread of Zika. This calculator takes into account each country and states infection rates, as well as environmental conditions. The researchers determined that any state or country with an infection rate of .01% would face a cost of at least 184 million dollars. This figure includes many different costs including health care costs and loss of productivity. An infection rate of .25% would end up costing 1.2 billion dollars. To put that into perspective, Puerto Rico has an infection rate of 10%. The calculator did not take into account the loss of revenue from tourism and international and statewide travel. Many countries are unable to meet these financial requirements, which may make a global effort to stop the spread of Zika a necessity.

Do you think that the Zika problem will become serious enough to justify a global effort to curb the virus?


Zika Is A Whole Lot Worse For People Who Already Have Dengue Fever | Mosquito Control

Zika Is A Whole Lot Worse For People Who Already Have Dengue Fever | Mosquito Control

You would think that being immune to mosquito-borne disease would be a good thing, but a recent study has shown that contracting Zika after surviving a different mosquito-borne disease can make Zika symptoms much worse. The recent study in question was conducted in order to understand why Zika victims in Brazil experienced more severe symptoms than Zika victims in other parts of the world. The researchers conducting the study were able to demonstrate that having the West Nile virus or dengue fever before contracting the Zika virus will make the Zika virus much more severe.

Typically developing antibodies for one infection can help stave off the occurrence of other closely related infections. However, evidence shows that the antibodies that a person develops while infected with one mosquito-borne disease can help facilitate the Zika virus’s entry into the susceptible cells of mice. This is the first study to demonstrate this link between mosquito-borne diseases in mice.

The Zika virus is similar to the West Nile virus and dengue fever in that they are sixty percent identical genetically. The Zika virus, the West Nile virus and dengue fever are all apart of the same viral family. This viral family is known as flaviviruses. Dengue fever is common in Central and South America, and the Zika West Nile are both common in the United States.

When you contract a virus your body produces antibodies in order to fight the infection as well as related future infections.  Dengue fever, however, was already know to be unique in that contracting one type of dengue will make a person more susceptible to other types of dengue. There are, in fact, four different types of dengue. The research that demonstrated this unusual physiological response to viruses is making scientists rethink the nature of all viruses, not just mosquito-borne viruses.

Have you ever contracted any insect-borne disease more than once? If so, what types of disease were they?



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