Florida is blessed with some of the best weather in the country. Unfortunately, there’s a tiny flying pest that threatens to keep Floridians indoors and away from the barbeques and pool parties: Mosquitoes. Everyone knows that mosquito control is important and that bites can be uncomfortable and even unsightly, but did you know that mosquitoes have a preference for beer drinkers or that the best time to avoid mosquitoes is in the afternoon? To help you better understand the enemy, here are some fascinating and not-so-fun facts about mosquitoes.
Not All Mosquitoes Feast on Humans
There are around 3,500 species of mosquitoes on the planet, but only a couple hundred actually feast on human blood. The rest feed on other animals and are no bother to us at all. Culiseta melanura, for example, bites birds almost exclusively. However, just because there are only a few hundred species that feed on humans doesn’t mean there aren’t millions of mosquitoes that see you as a meal—because there are more than that.
Mosquitoes are Homing Devices
Mosquitoes are very skilled at finding their next meal. These flying pests are attracted to carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and octenol found in our breath and sweat. Some species can detect CO2 from 75 feet away. Mosquitoes can also sense the heat and humidity that surrounds our bodies. Luckily, a mosquito control system can create an invisible barrier between you and the mosquitoes flying in wait.
Mosquitoes are the Deadliest Creatures on Earth
Even though mosquito-borne diseases and illnesses aren’t as prevalent in the U.S. as they are in other parts of the world, more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet. Mosquitoes carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, encephalitis, and dengue fever.
If you want to enjoy your backyard or simply just protect your family from mosquito-borne diseases and illnesses, call Platinum Mosquito Protection today. We provide mosquito control systems for homes and businesses in Miami, Pinecrest, Boca Raton, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (954) 793-4735 to learn more about our mosquito misting systems.