Mosquitoes, What Really Attracts Them? That’s Why You’ve Been Targeted
What factors attract mosquitoes? Based on what do they choose their “victims”? A recent study by the Vape Foundation has revealed some factors that make a subject more “attractive” than others. These annoying insects are first and foremost attracted by heat, so they are also attracted to the human body, particularly the carbon dioxide they emit into the air. Mosquitoes, in fact, move according to the quantity of Co2. For this reason, those who are overweight, or pregnant, are more prone to bites, precisely because they emit more carbon dioxide. To be debunked, instead, the myth that the “sweet” blood is the mosquitoes’ favorite. In reality, mosquitoes are attracted to blood with a high cholesterol level, i.e. with more fat. Moreover, it seems that they prefer subjects belonging to the blood group 0. Not even sportsmen are immune to bites. The smell of lactic acid that is produced in the muscles, in fact, together with the carbon dioxide generated by the effort, is a further factor that makes a subject particularly “attractive”. It should be pointed out, however, that it is not only the aspects mentioned so far that attract mosquitoes. Some environmental conditions, in fact, favor the formation of larvae. Here are some tips to avoid their appearance:
- Avoid the abandonment of materials that can collect rainwater.
- Eliminate water from saucers, watering cans and bins.
- Water the gardens and gardens directly with the pumps, without keeping water reserves in the open air.
- If it is necessary to use water collection containers, try to keep them covered and equipped with mosquito nets, well fixed and taut.
Mosquitoes Have Already Sprung Up. This Is Why And How To Remedy
Yes, mosquitoes have already started buzzing around earlier than expected this year! What is the reason for their premature appearance? The reason is simple, the high temperatures of the last few weeks, on average over 20 degrees, have allowed the mosquitoes that survived in winter to come out into the open. Not all mosquitoes, in fact, die in the cold, in many they can find shelter and warmth in the most diverse ravines: roofs, basements, grates, walls, etc..
Those in circulation, therefore, are mosquitoes that have survived the winter and are ready for a new cycle. The new generation, the last spawning mosquito, will be seen in mid-May, except for a further increase in temperatures that could anticipate their appearance.
How To Avoid A Massive Infestation?
With programmed larvicidal interventions which, acting on the larvae, allow to eliminate in short time a great number of “potential” adult mosquitoes, employing modest quantities of specific insecticides. This type of intervention is characterized by a lower environmental impact than the specific one for the fight against adult mosquitoes.
The Life Cycle
Mosquitoes proliferate in stagnant water environments. The larvae develop at temperatures above 20-22 °C. In spring the cycle is completed in 15-20 days, in summer in 6-8 days. Once adult, the females mate and immediately look for protein substances. They then “hunt” and sting. The males, on the contrary, nourish of sap and nectar and for this reason they do not sting and live in the vegetation. These ones live an average of 10-15 days, whilst the females from one month to 4-5 months, depending on the seasons.