YOUR GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE MOSQUITO CONTROL
By many measures, mosquitoes are the most dangerous insect
in the world. Conservative estimates hold mosquitoes responsible for hundreds of millions of malaria cases each year. However, mosquitoes also transmit a host of other diseases, including West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue fever and zika virus. For the best chance at thwarting these tiny killers, know where mosquitoes live, how to repel them, and how to kill them.
However, there are some species that are particularly aggressive and will feed both day and night. Mosquitoes locate blood first by using sensors on their antennae to detect trace amounts of carbon dioxide released in human breath. That CO2 rises in plumes that mosquitoescan sense from hundreds of feet away.
WHY MOSQUITOES ARE ATTRACTED TO HUMANS.
Certain people will smell better to the mosquito than others. Older people,baby and pregnant women tend to attract mosquitoes,possibly because they release more carbon dioxide (co2).Cholesterol and folic acid also act as attractants,as do perfumes,colognes and lotions.
Naturally, the best way to avoid mosquito bites is to prevent coming into contact with them in the first place. You can avoid insect bites by staying inside between dusk and dawn, which is when they are most active. Mosquitoes are also thicker near standing water areas. The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has a helpful factsheet of things you can do to prevent mosquito breeding on your property. Their "Three Ds" of protection are the following:
Combining these 3D’s tips along with sensible strategies around your home should be able to provide the best overall protection.
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