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Many people have pondered “Why am I such a mosquito magnet?” There are a variety of factors that attract mosquitoes to certain people, from the clothing you wear to your biological makeup. Although you cannot change your biology, there are a few things you can do to make yourself less appealing. The best way to prevent bites is to prevent mosquitoes from invading your outdoor areas in the first place. Mosquitos like to lay their eggs in areas with slow-moving or stagnant water. Emptying pools of standing water and using a professional extermination service will help keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor areas and your family bite-free.
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What Attracts Mosquitoes
Some people seem like mosquitoes are naturally attracted to them for some unknown reason but there are a few factors that may attract mosquitoes to a person more than others. It is important to understand what attracts mosquitoes and how to prevent them. Mosquitos are known to be vectors for a variety of diseases such as zika, West Nile virus, and malaria. These diseases are common in many parts of the world and can be transmitted to those who travel to Asia, South America, and Africa.
A few reasons why you may be attracting mosquitoes are:
- Clothing: Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors and floral patterns, and are able to bite through tight-fitting clothing. Converting your arms and legs and wearing lighter-colored, loosely fitted clothing can help prevent bites.
- Smells: Using floral-scented body products makes you a magnet for mosquitoes. They also like sweat and body odors. Make sure to avoid using perfumes or lotions and keep yourself clean, especially in areas that you know have a large mosquito presence.
- Pregnancy: A study found that pregnant women attracted more mosquitoes than those not carrying a child.
- Blood Type: People with O blood type are more likely to attract mosquitoes while those with type A blood are less appealing to them.
Mosquitos are drawn to areas with slow-moving or standing water. The female mosquitoes will usually lay their eggs in water where they will live until they hatch. They commonly like to live in wetlands, ponds, and swamps but are also attracted to standing pools of water in your yard. Make sure to remove any sources of stagnant water to help make your outdoor areas a less attractive place for mosquitoes to live.
Getting Rid of Mosquitos
Not only are mosquitoes known to have an annoying bite, leaving red, itchy bumps, but they are also known to transmit West Nile Virus in the United States. There are many products sold in stores that say they repel or get rid of mosquitoes but the best way to ensure your outdoor areas are mosquito free is with routine extermination by a trusted extermination company. Our technicians are experts in finding areas where mosquitoes like to lay their eggs, getting to the source of your infestation, and keeping your outdoor area an enjoyable place to be! Contact us today for a free quote on pest extermination services.Back to Mosquito Control