No one looks forward to the summer for the mosquitos. These insects certainly are a nuisance. Fortunately, we know more about them than we used to, including why they bite some of us, but not others. Read on to discover more about them!
Mosquitos know it’s what’s on the inside that counts. In this case, we’re talking about blood. But we’re also talking about what makes us, us. Scientists have discovered that genetics make up about 85 percent of the reason we get bitten by mosquitos. Our genes influence the way our bodies carry out certain processes, as well as our overall chemistry. As such, scientists have been able to identify what elements of that chemistry cause mosquitoes to swarm.
For one, folks with a concentration of steroids or cholesterol on their skin are more likely to attract mosquitoes. Keep in mind that this is not the same as having a high cholesterol level. It may just mean that the person in question is more efficient at processing cholesterol, which secretes byproducts to the skin.
Other people who produce an excessive number of chemicals like uric acid can find themselves with more mosquito bites. That is because these acids are detectable by mosquitos and attract them to future victims.
Mosquitos can also sense heat. Yes, we all have natural body heat, but some people generate more than others. Mosquitos can detect heat with their thermal vision. So, if you feel warmer than other people do, mosquitos are more likely to land on you than the others. People that generate more heat include pregnant women, overweight people and anyone doing exercise or strenuous work outside. Mosquitos are also attracted to sweat, so if you’re the type of person who sweats a lot, expect more activity around you.
To go with sweat, mosquitos love moisture in general. That means they’re inclined to go wherever the water is. Standing water stemming from clogged gutters, bird baths and anything that can collect rain or other forms of moisture will bring forth the mosquitos. Eliminate the water, and you’ll greatly reduce the presence of mosquitoes.
The same goes for your plants. Certain types of plants will attract mosquitoes naturally. But more importantly, if you have plants and planters that allow water to collect, it inadvertently creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Tall grass and weeds, along with any bushes that offer protection from the sun are also a sanctuary for these insects.
Do you have a mosquito problem that’s getting out of control? Contact Germantown Pest Control & Termite today.