With summer fast approaching, you’re probably already starting to notice it — mosquitoes, as they always do, are coming out of the woodwork. While the problem starts off small during the spring, they will be swarming people’s homes in no time, especially in Massachusetts, being a coastal state that has plenty of moisture to go around.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to deal with mosquitoes, such as the professional mosquito and tick control services we offer at CleanPro. But in the words of the mighty Sun Tzu, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Indeed, by knowing about mosquitoes, how they operate, and why they act as they do, you may actually find yourself better equipped at dealing with them on a day-to-day basis.
Here are some facts about mosquitoes — some of which are just fun facts, while others are useful in formulating an anti-mosquito strategy. Keep reading if you want the best pest control solutions for your Gloucester home.
Interesting Mosquito Facts
- Mosquitoes Are the Deadliest Animal Alive: Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! As it turns out, none of these chumps have anything on mosquitoes, who are on record as being the most dangerous animal alive. This isn’t because mosquitoes are inherently deadly on their own — it’s because they harbor all kinds of diseases that they can easily spread, due to them sucking blood out of everyone and moving around to different targets. Mosquitoes carry devastating diseases such as Malaria and Zika, causing up to a million deaths per year. The good news is that you probably don’t have to worry about this in Massachusetts — the most deadly mosquito viruses tend to propagate in Central/South America. But still, be careful!
- Only Female Mosquitoes Bite: Did you know that, of all the mosquitoes that have bitten you, probably none of them have been male? Indeed, mosquitoes don’t just bite you for enjoyment — the blood they draw is actually essential for producing eggs. As such, female mosquitoes are the ones doing the biting. How do you feel, knowing that your blood is helping to create new mosquitoes? Yuck!
- Mosquito Is a Spanish Word For “Little Fly”: Bet you didn’t know that mosquito is actually a Spanish word! Flies are referred to as “moscas” in Spanish, and the extension “ito” is used to denote small size in the parent word. So mosca + ito comes out to mosquito, or little fly. Fun fact — it’s the same for the word burrito, which actually means “little donkey,” derived from the parent word burro.
- Mosquitoes Are Born and Raised in the Water: While mosquitoes live their life as airborne creatures, they actually have their humble beginnings in the water. Mosquito larvae feed on matter in stagnant water and go through their cocooning process in the pools that they’re born in. They eventually hatch as mosquitoes and take flight. But this is where knowledge becomes power — removing sources of stagnant water from your yard can be an effective way to prevent mosquito spawning in your yard.
- Mosquitoes Hibernate: One common question about mosquitoes is, “How the heck do they always come back when they disappear in the winter?” Mosquitoes are, after all, cold-blooded and they don’t do well in cold temperatures. Many people assume the winter winds kill them off, but we all know that mosquitoes will always find a way to annoy us. That’s why they find holes to hibernate in during the winter. If they’re not able to keep themselves alive, they often lay eggs in frozen water, which actually stay dormant until they’re ready to hatch in warmer temperatures.
- Mosquitoes Have a Sixth Sense for Good Blood: If you think mosquitoes just fly around and bite whoever’s closest to them, think again — there are a number of factors that attract mosquitoes to humans. The carbon dioxide we breathe, body heat, blood type, and the scent of your skin all play into how valuable your blood is for the little buggers. That’s why there’s that one person in your group who seems to get bitten all day and night while another chump always seems to get off scot-free. When people say “mosquitoes love me,” it’s not just a joke — there’s scientific evidence to back it up.
- Scientists Are Developing a Mosquito-Killing Drug: Hold onto your butts, because this could be something big. In the last few years, there have been breakthroughs in the development of certain drugs which make one’s blood lethal to mosquitoes. That’s right, anyone injected with this effectively becomes a mosquito-killing machine. If it catches on, it’s speculated that it could greatly curtail the spread of Malaria and other diseases. Some even speculate that if the drug was universally applied to everyone, mosquitoes could effectively become eradicated in the next few decades. Don’t hold your breath though — there is still a lot of research to be done, and many scientists raise concerns about the effect that mosquito extinction could have on global ecosystems.
- Those Giant Mosquitoes You See Aren’t Mosquitoes at All: Have you ever seen a gigantic mosquito and felt shivers run down your spine? Well hold your horses — you’re not looking at a mosquito at all, and there are a lot of myths about these creatures. They’re often referred to as “mosquito hawks” due to the perception that they prey on mosquitoes. This isn’t true either though — the bugs are called “crane flies,” and they are neither mosquitoes nor mosquito-hunters. In fact, they’re completely harmless. While it’s extremely unsettling seeing what appears to be a colossal mosquito king, it’s really just an innocent bug trying to make his way in the universe. Carry on.
- There Are Over 3500 Species of Mosquitoes: As it turns out, mosquitoes are very different all over the world, and this is one reason why certain deadly diseases are much more commonly transmitted in certain regions only. The United States has a little less than 200 species — not bad for how much ground we cover! With that being said, most mosquitoes are pretty similar in their morphology, breeding habits, and day-to-day activity. Let’s just say you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between two mosquito species when they bite, even if you’re looking out for it.
Professional Mosquito Treatment for Gloucester Homeowners
The last fun fact about mosquitoes? They don’t hold up well against professional treatment! And that’s where CleanPro comes in. While it’s pretty effective to stave the little pests off with bug traps, insect repellant, and other countermeasures, the best way to truly reduce their presence is to call for professional treatment.
Our one-time treatment is great if you’re preparing for a big event such as a party, wedding, or family gathering, and can negate mosquitoes for a good few weeks to a month. If you’re looking for a long-term solution until winter, you’ll love our monthly treatment services. Right as one mosquito treatment begins to wane, we’ll be back at your Gloucester home to refresh it.
Ready to gain a decisive victory against these bloodsucking buggers? Contact CleanPro today for mosquito and tick prevention!