All The Ways You Attract Dangerous Tulsa, OK Mosquitoes
July 13, 2021
In the summer, mosquitoes are often a huge problem here in Tulsa, OK. If there’s even a drop of standing water on your property, female mosquitoes can fill it with larvae, which become adults in a matter of days. This breeding speed can leave you with an infestation of hundreds or thousands of mosquitoes within weeks.
Far from being just annoying, these buzzing menaces have cemented their place as the most dangerous animal on the planet – killing up to a million people a year by providing an effective vector for dozens of deadly pathogens. That’s why it’s important to avoid attracting these bugs as much as possible. Below, we’ll talk about how.
As we said above, mosquitoes provide transportation to many deadly pathogens. They do this by injecting human skin with a tiny needle to feed on our blood. Infected mosquitoes pass viruses, parasites, and bacteria through this needle as they feed, and they can also pick them up and transmit them from one person to another.
Malaria is probably the most infamous mosquito-borne illness – with good reason. Malaria kills anywhere from 400,000 to a million people annually. Luckily for us in the United States, there’s no malaria here. However, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods as far as dangerous mosquitoes are concerned. There are still several types of mosquito-borne encephalitis in the States. If you have any of the following symptoms after being bitten by mosquitoes, seek medical help right away for:
- High Fever
- Severe Headache
- Neck Stiffness
- New Or Worsening Light Or Sound Sensitivity
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
Of course, everyone knows mosquitoes are attracted to blood, so if you’re having a party or other large gathering, you’ll likely attract more mosquitoes to your property. Female mosquitoes seek out a blood meal in any number of ways, from picking up on the carbon dioxide we expel when we exhale to sensing our body heat and the scents of our perspiration and skin.
Some less obvious factors can attract mosquitoes to you or your property. For instance, they’re more likely to seek out pregnant women or people with Type O blood, so if one or both of those descriptors apply to you, you might want to use a little extra bug spray. Mosquitoes are more attracted to dark clothing, so wearing light colors can help reduce your likelihood of being bitten. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they’re also more likely to bite people who’ve been drinking alcohol, meaning if you’re going to be drinking, you’ll probably want to break out the DEET.
Other factors may attract mosquitoes to your property. Standing water is a big one. Mosquitoes need moisture to breed, and most species need stagnant water like that in ponds, birdbaths, kiddie pools, mud puddles, and the like (a few species can get away with breeding in moist soil). That means getting rid of all standing water on your property – or changing it every other day if you cannot eliminate it – this is the first step to mosquito prevention.
Nectar is another big mosquito attractant. Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes feed primarily on nectar, and females never seek a bloodmeal unless they’re trying to reproduce. So cutting back shrubbery and avoiding overplanting flowers can help cut down on your property’s mosquito population.
Time To Call The Professionals
If it seems like you can’t get rid of mosquitoes no matter what you do, help is just a click or call away. Here at Dandi Guaranty Pest Solutions & Termite Protection, we’ve been in the business of busting up bugs since 1959! There’s nothing the mosquitoes in your yard can throw at us we haven’t seen a thousand times before. So give us a call at (918) 228-3767 or visit our contact page to request your free home pest control inspection today.