Mosquitoes are more than an unwelcome nuisance on sidewalks, patios, playgrounds and other outdoor spaces. They can threaten the health and well-being of your employees and customers through their uncomfortable bites and the potential diseases they spread. Let’s break down some quick facts about these blood-sucking pests:
- The Silent Bite: Mosquitoes use a tubular mouthpart called a proboscis to pierce skin and feed on their host.
- Taking Their Fill: Female mosquitoes (the ones that bite) can drink up to 3 times their body weight. The protein from this meal helps them develop their eggs, laying up to 300 eggs at a time.
- Scanners Activated, Target Acquired: Mosquitoes have receptors built into their antennae that can detect carbon dioxide that humans and animals exhale up to 9 meters away. They also have heat sensors around their mouths used to detect body heat.
- Leave an Inch, They Take a Mile: Mosquitoes only need as little as a bottle cap of water to successfully breed, and their eggs will hatch in water over the course of 10 days.
The Problem with Vector Pests
On top of the itchy bites mosquitoes often leave, they can also be vectors of many diseases that are dangerous and even deadly to humans.
The Best Way to Stop Mosquitoes? Population Control
Reducing the mosquito population around your business can help prevent vector-borne diseases being spread via their bites. Download this helpful fact sheet to learn more about mosquitoes and how to prevent them on your property.
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Reviewed by Alice Sinia, Ph.D., MSc on May 28 2021.
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