Residents of Lorton VA Will Find These Mosquito Facts Helpful
Mosquitoes are one problem that most and probably all residents of Lorton, VA don’t want to have to worry about this year. Unfortunately, they’re expected to do their usual rounds as the weather gets warmer.
In fact, a lot of people have expressed their concern about the presence of mosquitoes in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Is it possible that these flying buggers have the ability to transmit the virus? Thankfully, that’s one thing Fairfax County residents no longer need to worry about.
“The amount of information people are receiving right now, whether fact or fiction, is enough to make anyone’s head spin,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA. “At this time, there is currently no evidence to suggest that pests like mosquitoes and ticks can be implicated in the transmission of COVID-19. They are, however, able to transmit other serious diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. With summer right around the corner and people spending more time outdoors than ever before, vigilant pest prevention efforts will be paramount to public safety.” Read more at Business Wire…
It’s certainly a sigh of relief to learn that the deadliest animals on earth haven’t become even deadlier. Another deadly virus that mosquitoes don’t transmit is HIV. But you still want to be super vigilant about keeping them at bay this spring.
The long list of serious diseases that mosquitoes are known to spread is enough to view them as malicious pests. What you might not realize is that spreading diseases is not the reason why mosquitoes bite humans. In fact, they don’t all do it; only the females bite humans and only when reproducing.
Not every species of mosquito sucks blood from people, and among those that do, not every one transmits disease. The blood suckers don’t even need to bite you for every meal. Males live entirely on nectar and other plant fluids, and the females’ diet is primarily plant-based, too. Most of the time, they only go after people when they’re ready to reproduce, because blood contains lipids, proteins, and other nutrients needed for the production of eggs. Read more at Mental Floss…
It’s important to protect your loved ones from mosquitoes, and not just because they take the fun out of warm summer nights by the lake. No sane human wants his or her blood contributing to the growth of mosquito populations.
So what are some of the things that make you an attractive food source for these female mosquitoes? For one, they are able to detect our heat and movement. This is one reason why dark clothing that retains heat is not recommended in the summer. Mosquitoes also detect the carbon dioxide that mammals and birds exhale. They also use the smell from our sweat and other body odors to track us down.
Most mosquitoes can’t fly very far—no more than one to three miles. Most stay within several hundred feet of where they hatched. Read more at Fact Retriever…
The fact that most mosquitoes stay within a few hundred feet of where they hatched for their entire lives is great news. It certainly makes the case for mosquito prevention measures. If we can ensure that our homes and yards are not breeding grounds for mosquitoes, then we can eliminate a huge chunk of the problem.
Backyard Bug Patrol is committed to providing mosquito prevention solutions that work. Get in touch with us for mosquito protection for the entire season. Let us help you protect your loved ones.