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What Am I Doing That Keeps Attracting Mosquitoes To My Yard In Durham?

July 15, 2021 - Mosquitoes

There are few things as aggravating as spending several hours outdoors being bitten by mosquitoes. These tiny pests quickly ruin any outside gathering and are an absolute pain to eliminate. If you wonder why mosquitoes are buzzing around your yard, we are here today with your answers. Here are some things you may be doing that will attract mosquitoes and some simple strategies to get and keep mosquitoes out of your Durham property.

Carbon Dioxide

Mosquitoes can smell your breath. The thing is, they aren't judging you for how good or bad it smells. They are using it to track you down and steal your blood. More specifically, mosquitoes use carbon dioxide in the air to identify potential prey. The more you breathe while spending time outdoors, the more likely you will be to attract mosquitoes.

Body Heat

As mosquitoes get close to a potential victim, they use other things to identify warm-blooded creatures. One of these things is warmth. If you exercise or play a sport outdoors and your body temperature is up, mosquitoes will find you.

Dark Clothing

Mosquitoes have poor eyesight. For this reason, they can't identify people by their features but instead use silhouettes against bright backdrops. If you wear darker-colored clothing, you will leave a bolder outline and, therefore, more visible to vision-impaired mosquitoes.

Blood Type

Scientists are not fully sure why mosquitoes prefer type O blood over other types, but studies are fairly clear. If you happen to have type O blood, we are sorry, but mosquitoes find you tasty. Hopefully, this explains why these pests are always eating you while your friends are left alone.

The Dangers Of Mosquitoes

Most mosquitoes here in America are not dangerous. In fact, it takes an illness outbreak for these pests to become seriously harmful. With this in mind, outbreaks do occur across the U.S. each year. Some common outbreaks that have happened recently include malaria, West Nile virus, and dengue fever. To ensure you don't contract any of these dangerous diseases, do your best to avoid mosquitoes.

How To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting You

There are two ways you can reduce your chances of being bitten by a mosquito. The first is to make yourself less attractive. Wear light-colored clothing, avoid spending expended amounts of time outside during dusk and dawn, avoid mosquito-dense areas like marshlands and swamps, and apply mosquito repellent to your body. The second way you can deter mosquitoes is by eliminating breeding grounds and attractants around your property. Here are a few practical ways to do this:

  • Eliminate sources of standing water.
  • Change the water in ornate pools and birdbaths once a week.
  • Invest in bird pools and birdbaths that have a mechanism to keep water moving. 
  • Make sure your gutters are flowing properly and not collecting water.
  • Stock ponds and lakes with mosquitofish.

The Best Solution To Mosquito Problems

If you are tired of swatting mosquitoes off your body while spending time out on your property, we have a great solution for you. Just hire the experts at Eco Man Pest Solutions. Our licensed pest control professionals have access to industrial-grade products and use advanced control techniques to eliminate and prevent dangerous mosquitoes. These treatments are available as single service visits for outdoor event centers or year-round control plans for residential and commercial properties.

Contact us today to learn more about our methods and schedule your Durham yard for a pest inspection.

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