What Attracts Mosquitoes In New Hampshire?

5/14/2021

There are a lot of pests here in New Hampshire that can be annoying to deal with. However, of all these pests, few are as obnoxious as mosquitoes. After all, mosquitoes swarm in large numbers, buzz nonstop, and bite which can leave itchy red welts on your skin. But, did you know that mosquitoes aren’t just annoying? They are dangerous, too. In fact, mosquitoes are considered to be one of the most dangerous animals on the planet. Therefore, given how obnoxious and dangerous mosquitoes can be, it is important to know what you can do to limit your exposure to them. To do this effectively, you first need to know what attracts mosquitoes in the first place and what you can do to cut down on these factors. 

a mosquito on human skin

Mosquito Basics

Mosquitoes are fly-like insects. In fact, the word mosquito literally translates to “little fly.” They have six long, slender legs; thin bodies; and tube-like mouthparts that they use for feeding. Although many people associate mosquitoes with their annoying bites, it is only the females that feed on blood. This is because they need an enzyme found in blood to produce viable eggs. Male mosquitoes, instead, feed on plant nectars.

Although everyone knows mosquitoes are annoying, many people are unaware of just how dangerous they can be, too. Mosquitoes are capable of spreading many harmful bloodborne illnesses as they feed on the blood of various animals and humans. Some diseases that mosquitoes have been known to spread include the West Nile virus, Zika virus, yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria, and several types of encephalitis.

Factors That Attract Mosquitoes

Nobody wants to be bitten by mosquitoes. However, did you know that there are certain factors that make some people more attractive to mosquitoes than others? For instance, mosquitoes prefer to feed on the blood of pregnant women as opposed to non-pregnant females and men. Moreover, mosquitoes prefer people with type O blood rather than those with other blood types. While you cannot necessarily control these factors, there are some other factors that attract mosquitoes that you can. For example, mosquitoes are attracted to people wearing dark-colored clothing and those who have been drinking alcohol.

There are also factors that make your property more attractive to mosquitoes. This includes areas of standing water as female mosquitoes require it to lay their eggs upon. Furthermore, dense vegetation, unkempt grass, and weeds can all attract mosquitoes to a property.

Ways To Limit Your Exposure To Mosquitoes

To make yourself and your property less attractive to mosquitoes you need to cut down on any factors that attract them. There are also some other measures you can take to limit your exposure to these dangerous pests. These include:

  • Wear lighter clothing.
  • Avoid going outside after drinking alcohol.
  • Remain inside at dusk when mosquitoes are more active.
  • Avoid areas with lots of standing water such as marshes, swamps, and the like.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants when venturing into mosquito-prone areas. 
  • Fill in low-lying areas on your lawn to prevent flooding.
  • Store bins and lids that might collect rainwater upside down.
  • Keep gutters free of debris to prevent pooling. 
  • Change the water on birdbaths frequently.
  • Keep your lawn well-maintained, remove shrubs and weeds, and trim back all vegetation.

For More Advice & Assistance

If you have any further questions about mosquito prevention, or if you are currently dealing with a mosquito problem around your New Hampshire property, contact the professionals here at Master Mosquito Control right away. We have the experience and the expertise required to effectively eliminate any mosquito infestation with which you are dealing. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your yard. Give us a call today to get started.

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