Everything you need to know about pests
If you ask some people what is their most hated animal, you’ll probably get mosquito as the usual answer. The main reason? Mosquitoes bite humans and animals whenever they get a chance. In fact, because of malaria and other diseases they help transmit, the World Health Organization rates mosquitoes as the most dangerous animal on earth, responsible for more deaths than any other single species.
Mosquito bites are very itchy and some individuals are even allergic to such bite. Allergic reactions may range from blistering and inflammation, but some people can also get asthma-like reactions.
Mosquitoes can be found almost everywhere but they mostly thrive in hot, humid environments. They prefer places with stagnant water like ponds, swamps, marshes, and other kinds of wetlands. They need this wet environment for their aquatic stage. But they still grow in great numbers even outside their natural habitat. This is why you must make sure to put covers on garbage cans or other bins or vessels outside your home that can collect water and keep it there.
As we said above, mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world. This pesky pest may be tiny but it may carry malaria, dengue fever, zika, yellow fever, encephalitis, and other life-threatening diseases.
Why Mosquitoes Bite
Female mosquitoes bite humans and other mammals because they need the blood to be able to lay eggs. To track humans, they use our human scent which is a mixture of the carbon dioxide we exhaled and the scent found on our skin. They also use our body heat to detect us. They can lay 100-200 eggs during their adult phase.
On the other hand, and most people don't know that, but male mosquitoes do not bite. They only feed on plant juices and nectar.
Obviously, the main step that you can do to reduce mosquito population is to eliminate their breeding ground. Ensure that you drain stagnant water from drains, gutters, birdbaths, flower pots, old tires, tree holes, and other places where water usually gets collected. Turn over wheelbarrows and plastic wading pools when not in use.
You can also use commercial mosquito repellent to deter this blood-sucking creature. But if you want to use natural alternatives, you can use bug-repelling essential oils like citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree, and peppermint.
Since adult mosquitoes can fly, they will invade your yard and home no matter how careful you are. You may not find any breeding place around your home but they might be multiplying in great numbers in your neighbor’s yard or your village’s recreational places like parks and pools.
Contact Jersey City Exterminators if your mosquito problem has gone out of hand. We have highly-trained and experienced technicians to help you free your home from mosquitoes. You can call us at (201) 460-6068.