Warm weather comes with so many benefits. You can get outside more and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and recreational activities. The heat also means backyard barbecues and pool parties.
Unfortunately, what comes with high temperatures is pesky mosquitoes. These insects are more than just nuisances that cause itchy, red bumps on your skin. They are more harmful than you think. Be aware of these top five facts you need to know about the buzzing bloodsuckers.
1. Mosquitoes Carry Deadly Diseases
Mosquitoes are notorious for spreading fatal diseases across the globe, resulting in outbreaks from malaria to the Zika virus. Even if these illnesses do not lead to death, they can still cause permanent medical problems and lead to birth defects. Take preventive steps to keep mosquitoes away.
2. Mosquitoes Multiply Quickly
These insects may be small, but they can reproduce enormously in a short amount of time. It only takes seconds for them to mate midair. In just two weeks, a female can lay a total of 3,000 eggs (up to 300 at a a time) in numerous locations.
3. Only the Females Drink Blood
Male mosquitoes drink nectar, not blood. Females suck out your iron and protein to help them with their maternal task. They find you by sensing your heat, smelling the carbon dioxide you breathe out, and seeing you once they’re close enough. If you keep them away from their source of nutrition, you reduce their ability to reproduce.
4. Stagnant Water Isn’t Their Only Breeding Ground
Common knowledge is that stagnant water is where mosquitoes lay their eggs and where the eggs hatch and grow. Anything from a tiny bottle cap full of water to a large pond can serve as effective breeding grounds. However, research has also found that mosquitoes will lay their eggs on plants near water, in moist soil, or in areas subject to flooding. Anywhere that promises exposure to water is game, which means all the more reason to prevent water buildup in your yard.
5. Some Mosquitoes Can Hibernate
While males usually have a short lifespan, females can last nearly two months. When the temperatures drop, some species are able to go into hibernation. The ones that can’t may lay their eggs in frozen water, which protects them until it is warm enough for them to hatch.