To keep mosquitoes away, avoid flowery and fruity scents, use repellent plants, remove old water dishes, apply essential oils to the skin and wear light-colored clothing. Commercial mosquito repellents may be an effective solution in some cases.
Mosquitoes live around the world in almost every type of ecosystem. More than 2,500 species are known and 150 of these species are found in the United States.
Most mosquitoes live two to three weeks, but some species can live up to six months. Mosquitoes can live longer in warm and humid environments.
Mosquitoes eat different foods depending on gender and life stage. Mosquito larvae live in stagnant pools of water and primarily consume algae and microscopic aquatic organisms. Once they pupate, the mosquitoes cease feeding until metamorphosis occurs and they become adults. Adult females primarily
Eradicating standing water and overgrown vegetation kills mosquitoes by destroying their nesting and resting places. Follow up by making the right choices to the placement of wanted water outside to prevent mosquitoes from returning.
Most counties, such as the counties of Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Diego, distribute mosquitofish for free through the local vector-control program. Depending on the county, some vector-control districts even deliver them to the residents without charge.
Natural ways to control mosquitoes include using essential oils such as citronella, lavender or peppermint on the skin and avoiding highly perfumed soaps and shampoos when heading outside. Fans can also be used to deter mosquitoes outdoors.
Male mosquitoes live only a short time; the primary activity they engage in is mating. Unlike females, male mosquitoes do not suck blood from humans and other animals. Instead, the males feed only on plant nectars.
Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide, a waste product exhaled from the lungs. They also seek out warm, moving bodies. If given a choice, they prefer to bite people who produce high levels of lactic acid, uric acid or cholesterol byproducts in the skin.
Mosquitoes typically have a lifespan of under one month upon reaching adulthood, with females living longer than males. Lifespan is highly dependent on temperature and species, as some mosquito species hibernate, adding months to their adult life span even though they are inactive during this period