mosquitoes

Mosquitoes have not been as much of a problem this summer because of the weather, but things can still change. And this summer when our outdoor spaces are so very important, you do not want a mosquito problem.  So far, it has been dry this summer in most of our area, it is likely that sometime this month we will get some wet weather. Regardless, standing water will attract mosquitos to your property.  Some homeowners who water their lawns might have an area where water collects into semi-swampy areas that are sufficient for the development of mosquitoes. Others might have ponds in place for decorative use or recreational use.

What do Mosquitoes look like?

Mosquitoes belong to the same group as flies ad range in size from 3 to 9 mm.  They have a single pair of wings.  Mosquitoes have long, thin legs and their wings most often are covered in tiny scales.  Their itchy, irritating bites presence can ruin a backyard barbecue. They seem to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing before we are able to kill them.  For more information on diseases carried by these pests see this post.

Why are mosquitoes attracted to humans?

Mosquitoes are attracted to human exhale (carbon dioxide) which they can smell from over 150 ft away. Sweating and heavy breathing also make a person more attractive due to excessive carbon dioxide and acid in perspiration. Mosquitoes are attracted to certain people who have cholesterol, steroids, and certain acids on their skin.

How do you treat for these pests?

You can start on your own by eliminating standing or stagnant water.  If you are unable to do this because you store water for other purposes like so many others in western Pennsylvania, Boos Bug Stoppers might be able to help. We can treat these areas on a regular basis which will help control mosquito populations. Regardless of your situation why not contact us for a free estimate and review of your unique situation.

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