Scent, Sight, and Heat…
Mosquitoes locate blood hosts by scent, sight and heat. From 100 feet away (30 meters) mosquitoes can smell your scent, especially the carbon dioxide (CO2) you exhale. Biting flies are even better; they can smell their prey from 300 feet (100 meters) away. Because CO2 is present in the atmosphere (plants take in CO2 and give off oxygen), mosquitoes respond to higher-than-normal concentrations, especially when the CO2 is mixed with host-odor. They follow your scent upwind, and can see you at a distance of about 30 feet (10 meters).
A Prolific Species…
One female mosquito may lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 offsprings during her life span. Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so eliminating standing water on your property reduces your risk. Areas like rain gutters, tree holes, old buckets or tires with stagnant water are breeding sites. However, although you may have taken steps to clear your property, you are subject to the actions – or inaction – of your neighbors, not to mention wetland areas in your community.
- You’re more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas.
- Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.
- Light colors are less attractive to mosquitoes than dark colors; thus, mosquitoes are more likely to choose a victim wearing darker colors.
- Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet.
- Biting activity increase by 500 times when there is a full moon.
- A mosquito’s wings beat 500 times a second.
- The average life span of a female mosquito is 3 to 100 days. The male lives 10 to 20 days.
- The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.