Living in Florida, with its humidity and proximity to water, means mosquitoes are a common annoyance. These pesky insects can disrupt our outdoor activities, buzzing around our faces and leaving us with itchy bites. However, it seems that some individuals are more prone to mosquito bites than others. Recent research has begun shedding light on the answer to this age-old question: why do mosquitoes like to bite some people more than others?
The Role of Scent in Mosquito Attraction
Scientists have long been intrigued by the varying susceptibility of individuals to mosquito bites. A recent study conducted in Zambia has provided some insights into this phenomenon. Researchers created an environment to observe mosquito behavior when exposed to the scents of six sleeping individuals.
Surprisingly, the mosquitoes were not solely attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, they exhibited a preference for the smell of carboxylic acid. Certain individuals in the study emitted scents that repelled the mosquitoes, while others seemed more appealing.
Keeping Mosquitoes Away
Mosquitoes are drawn to water, making properties with water sources particularly attractive to them. To make your backyard barbecues and chores more enjoyable, it’s essential to eliminate these water sources as much as possible.
- Regularly empty swimming pools and water toys.
- Bring in outdoor equipment from rainstorms as they can collect water.
- Keep rain gutters free of debris that can trap water.
Another effective measure is to keep your grass short. Mosquitoes tend to seek shade, especially during the hottest parts of the day. By regularly trimming your grass and shrubbery, you can reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property.
If you’re spending time outdoors, consider wearing longer clothing to minimize exposed skin. If this isn’t practical, always remember to apply mosquito repellent. Look for products containing DEET, which effectively deters these pests. It’s worth noting that mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile Virus, making it even more important to protect yourself.
What to Do If You’re Bitten
Despite taking precautions, mosquito bites can still occur. If you find yourself with mosquito bites, there are a few simple remedies you can try.
- Wash the area with soap and water before applying any ointment or treatment options.
- Applying an ice cube to the affected area can provide relief and reduce swelling. Apply gentle pressure for several seconds for relief.
- Certain creams and lotions, such as calamine lotions or those containing antihistamines, to alleviate itching and discomfort.
Be aware of the mosquito bites that you have and watch for signs of infection and other mosquito-borne diseases. Be aware if the mosquito bite turns red, feels warm, or has a red streak spreading out from it. If you have complications, seek out a healthcare professional.
Professional Mosquito Control with Arrow Environmental
For a long-lasting solution to mosquito problems, trust the professionals with Arrow Environmental Services. Our highly trained technicians possess the necessary equipment and expertise to effectively eliminate mosquito infestations. The Arrow Environmental mosquito reduction program starts with:
- A thorough evaluation of mosquito sources around your home.
- Treat all mosquito resting and breeding areas. Reducing and repelling mosquitoes at every life stage.
- One-time treatments or continual services are offered.
So, whether you’re planning a backyard gathering or simply enjoying the outdoors, be prepared to keep those bothersome mosquitoes at bay. Since 1958, Arrow Environmental has been utilizing innovative and safe pest control methods in the state of Florida. Schedule your services today to start living a pest-free life!