Aedes aegypti. One of a couple hundred common North American mosquito species, plaguing mankind since the dawn of time. Quite literally.
If you’ve been to the South in the summer, Biblical plague levels are an annual occurrence—especially in Charlotte, North Carolina. There is no “North” about it though. In the summer it’s deep South as ever when it comes to mosquitos. Especially as it seems to get hotter and more humid by the year.
Mosquitos haven’t changed much in almost 80 million years. That’s because they are well adapted to their major food source; warm blooded mammals. The female of the species has specially adapted the serrated proboscis into a fine tubed needle with pinprick accuracy in extracting blood as a nutritional source aiding in the production of many, many, many offspring.
Why change when the means of your food source will always have warm blood coursing just underneath the skin? If anything, the mosquito has just gotten more specialized in how it goes about acquiring its meal ticket.
Mosquitos use carbon dioxide, heat and odor when locating a prey. Studies have shown that each in it’s own helps a mosquito hunt down an individual, but all these factors together make them the sharks of the sky. Sensing you out with a much higher rate of accuracy. Unless you don’t need to breathe, have a pumping heart, or sweat…then mosquitos have an all day meal pass to your skin.
Carbon dioxide is emitted when exhaling, heat is radiated from the body from various functions which keep you alive and blood pumping, and to be frank you can’t stop having an odor. Though we all try.
This wouldn’t be too bad in retrospect if you had to deal with maybe one mosquito. Except when have you ever had just one mosquito bite? Exactly.
That’s because those same females that drain you of blood use it in a never ending and highly efficient life-cycle of mass reproduction.
A female mosquito needs less than a teacup of water to lay her eggs in, which then hatch into larvae within about 14 days, and then emerge in the hundreds. Each female mosquito is capable of having ~3000 offspring during an almost 2 month long lifespan during warmer months. That’s right. Scary math. Much scarier too when you consider the number of diseases that mosquito species carry worldwide and transmit such as Malaria, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, and Dengue to name a few.
The best treatment as they say is prevention. The market is saturated with harsh repellants, natural deterrents, and other such products that only reduce the chances of you getting bit by mosquitos that are around.
Why pay for something that might reduce the chances of you getting bit, when you could just reduce the numbers of mosquitoes around you in the first place? You can’t get bit, if there’s nothing to bite. Maybe actually enjoy that Summer backyard bbq not covered in DEET?
Prevention as I said is key. Newer more scientifically minded pest control companies pay attention to not just the pest, but the environment in which it lives, in order to control it. That environment being the same one shared with you most of the time. Hence why most pests are considered household.
For instance, mosquitoes need standing water in which to lay eggs and reproduce. If you reduce that resource then you began to break the reproduction cycle of the mosquito. Eventually dwindling down the number of mosquitoes that can bite you. If you combine that with other avenues that safely and harmlessly pre-treat outside furnishings and fabrics. Then you can have a summer long shield that is more effective than many skin based repellants which protects the areas that you utilize.
I was recently just in the Amazon Rainforest for a month being eaten alive at a remote research station deep in Peru. I didn’t get bit for almost a week because I pre-treated my clothes with the same thing a smart pest control company would use to pre-treat your backyard furniture. I of course sweated enough in that time to meet the 6th washing limit it allotted me and then had hundreds of mosquito bites immediately afterward, but I digress.
Since then I wore 98% DEET which is so strong your skin feels like it’s melting and on fire. Guess what? I was still being eaten alive, but just a little less and had to reapply by the hour. Before when my clothes had been pre-treated, I had literally watched the mosquitos buzz near my clothes and then veer off like a bat outta hell (a tiny blood sucking one) and not even land on me to attempt sucking me dry.
My point being that the stuff I used that kept me bite free in the Amazon Rainforest could be applied safely by a professional. In conjunction with a property risk assessment that helps you eliminate standing water and other such problem areas surrounding your house.
If the mosquito can’t lay eggs, they can’t breed. If they can’t stand being in the area then they can’t bite you in the first place. You are attacking their life cycle from both ends by reducing yourself as a food source for them to breed, as well as place to do it. Southern hospitality is one thing, but letting something eat you alive and then set up camp to lay their blood thirsty babies? Even the South ain’t that sweet.
Do yourself a favor and find a pest control company that is trustworthy and takes the time to understand the life cycle of a pest to better eliminate them from your home in a more educated and safe manner.Tags: mosquito control, pest control