Mosquitos are found from the tropics to the arctic regions. Mosquitos are a nuisance not only because of the bites they inflict but also the diseases they spread. Outdoor events especially at dusk in the summer months in the Carolinas are always at risk of being ruined due to mosquito invasions.
Mosquitos lay their eggs on a water surface or in a place where they will become wet when flooding occurs. If flooding does not occur, the eggs can lie dormant for up to three years before hatching. Females are known to fly as far as 10 miles from the site of larval development.
The mosquito is able to complete its life cycle from egg to adult in as little as 4 days, though most mosquitos complete it within two weeks.
A mosquito wing beats up to 600 times per second.
Female mosquitos can lay up to 300 eggs at one time.
A mosquito goes from egg to adulthood in 4 to 7 days.
Mosquitos locate us by scent, heat and sight. They can smell the carbon dioxide we exhale from 100 feet away. They sense the heat our bodies naturally produce.
The spray mosquito repellents that work the best have a high concentration of DEET (this is in the active ingredients section of the label. Thirty percent of higher works the best).
Mosquitos are the deadliest animals on the planet. More deaths are associated with mosquitos than any other animal on earth. Some of the diseases they carry include malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever and dengue fever.
Only female mosquitos feed on blood, they need it for protein for their eggs. Males feed on flower nectar.
Mosquitos are able to breed in small amounts of water including rain water collected on the leaf of a tree, gutters, bird baths or any other areas with standing water.
Mosquitos are most active in the evening until dawn.
There are more than 3000 species of mosquitos on earth and 120 in North America. Three species are responsible for the greatest problems of mosquito born disease, which causes millions of deaths each year.
- Eliminating potential breeding areas for mosquitos is very important for reducing the population. Examples of breeding sites is any area with standing water including flower pots, birdbaths, rain barrels, children’s toys, old tires, etc.
- If you decide to purchase a machine to reduce mosquito populations, purchase one that mimics a human heartbeat, expels carbon dioxide and gives off heat.
- PCA offers mosquito treatments for our customer’s home and businesses. We have experienced very good results while treating for outdoor events including weddings receptions, birthday parties, baby showers, etc.