Do you want to attract mosquitoes to your Pittsburgh property? Our guess is probably not? Do you want to prevent them from coming near your home? To prevent mosquitoes, you first need to learn what attracts them, so you can work on reducing these attracting factors.
Here are ten of the most common ways homeowners accidentally attract mosquitoes to their property. Eliminate these factors and you’re sure to see a decrease in the mosquito population around your Pittsburgh home.
Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
You probably already know some reasons why you don’t want mosquitoes to hang around your property. Mosquito bites can be extremely itchy and uncomfortable, not to mention mosquitoes can be quite annoying if they’re buzzing around your ears looking for a chance to bite.
Mosquitoes are also considered one of the world's most dangerous animals. They can transmit diseases like malaria, yellow fever, Zika virus, and more. Although many mosquito-borne diseases are less common in the United States, they are still possible, and the risk is not worth putting up with these pests!
Factors That Attract Mosquitoes
So, let’s get into it. Here are some factors that increase your chance of a mosquito problem.
Standing water. Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. If you have water sitting in your yard, you’re offering a perfect mosquito breeding ground.
Thick foliage. Mosquitoes hide in tall grass, thick bushes, and trees. If you have thick, unkempt foliage, mosquitoes will gather nearby.
Carbon dioxide. Obviously you can’t just stop emitting carbon dioxide. But, it’s important to know that carbon dioxide is what attracts female mosquitoes looking for blood. If you’re spending a lot of time outdoors and there are mosquitoes nearby, you’ll probably get bit.
Type O blood. There are several species of mosquitoes, and this isn’t true for all of them. However, studies have shown that type O blood is more attractive to some mosquito species.
Pregnancy. Studies have also shown that some types of mosquitoes are more likely to bite pregnant women.
Sweat. Mosquitoes are also more drawn to people who are hot and sweating. This is partly because they love moisture and are drawn to the additional moisture on your skin.
Alcohol. Drinking outside may put you at a higher risk of getting bit by some mosquito species.
Dark clothes. Mosquitoes don’t have great vision. If you wear dark clothing, they can more easily see your silhouette when deciding whose blood to feed on.
Flowers. Female mosquitoes are the only ones who bite. Both male and female mosquitoes eat nectar, so having lots of flowers in your yard might attract male and female mosquitoes.
Timing. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. To avoid the greatest chances of being bitten, stay inside, or in a screened area, during these times.
Prevention For Pittsburgh Mosquitoes
Now that you know what factors attract mosquitoes, prevention is simple. Just eliminate and reduce as many factors as you can. Reducing the above factors will limit the number of mosquitoes around your property and protect you from bites.
One of the most important ways to prevent mosquitoes is to eliminate all standing water around your home. Mosquitoes don’t travel far from their homes, so if you stop mosquitoes from breeding nearby, you’ll also be able to stop them from coming to the area.
Another way to prevent mosquitoes is to partner with Witt Pest Management. We’ll help you identify and reduce attracting factors that you may have missed. Our treatment results in long-term mosquito control so that you can enjoy your yard without fear of mosquito bites.