As the months continue to get warmer, more pests continue to annoy the residents of Westchester and beyond. One of those annoying pests is the dreaded mosquito. These small grayish flying insects are known for the itchy bites they leave behind. As such, they have garnered a reputation as nuisance pests.
Unfortunately, this takes away from the fact that mosquitoes are actually the most deadly animals on the planet. They’re responsible for more than a million deaths worldwide every year. This is because they transmit diseases and pathogens through their bites. Some of the most common afflictions in the United States include malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
There have been cases of Zika virus in the United States as well. This can cause microcephaly, which is when a child has an abnormally small head and brain damage, no matter the stage of pregnancy of the woman with Zika. As such, the need for mosquito prevention cannot be overstated.
What’s Making You And Your Home So Attractive?
If there’s one thing about mosquitoes that annoys people, it’s how they seem to be drawn to a specific person or yard more than others. For this reason, it can be challenging to keep mosquitoes away from you and your home. So we’ve put together some helpful ways to ensure that your chances of a mosquito infestation are much lower. Some of the factors that attract mosquitoes to people include but aren’t limited to:
Body heat: The warmer you are, the more attractive to mosquitoes you are. As such, it pays to remain cool by staying indoors and remaining hydrated during the hot summer months.
Blood type: While not proven beyond any doubt, it’s been suspected that blood type can play a role in mosquito attraction. It is believed those with type O blood are most susceptible.
Pregnancy: The change in hormones a pregnant woman goes through may act as a beacon for mosquitoes beyond the normal attractions.
Alcohol: This ingredient, especially in beer, is suspected to increase your attractiveness when it comes to mosquitoes.
Clothing choices: Mosquitoes have poor eyesight, which is why they focus on dark colors. The darker your clothing is the more attractive you are since it makes you easier to find compared to the light color of the sky.
Besides the difference in your body composition and lifestyle choices, there are factors in your yard that may be attracting mosquitoes to your home. Some of these factors are:
Flower power: Mosquitoes eat nectar. This means those flowers you planted may be drawing them onto the property. (Only the females require blood so their eggs will be viable.)
Standing water: If there is one thing that attracts mosquitoes, it’s standing water. It doesn’t matter if it’s a clogged gutter, pool, broken toy, or something else entirely. If water can be held and allowed to pool, mosquitoes will be interested.
Unkempt yard: Excess vegetation, tall grass, and bushes equal protection from the sun for mosquitoes. If they can hide out comfortably, they’ll gladly make your yard their new home.
Mosquito Control with Parkway Pest Services
There are very few pests as troublesome as mosquitoes when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors. If you’re noticing a heavy mosquito presence, then it’s time to bring in the professionals. Our team at Parkway Pest Services can help you with your mosquito problem.
To ensure you take back control, we provide unmatched mosquito control services that are eco-friendly. Our reasoning for this is because we believe you deserve the solution you need without risking the safety of those on the premises. When you need mosquito control, you need to look no further than to our team at Parkway Pest Services.
Are you in need of mosquito control services? Give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional mosquito control options, or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.