Answering Monmouth County's Biggest Mosquito Questions

July 20, 2021

How much do you know about mosquitoes? Although you might know a few facts about the pesky creatures, you probably still have some questions. Learn all the answers to your questions about mosquitoes in Monmouth County, NJ.

an up close image of a mosquito that landed on a human arm

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite You?

Mosquitoes don't bite you because they want to be a nuisance pest. Rather, they bite you out of biological need. To survive and reproduce, female mosquitoes in Monmouth need to drink blood. They rely on human and animal blood for nutrients, which means they won't leave you alone.

Although female mosquitoes aren't too picky about their host, there are a few characteristics that attract them. They look for high heat signatures, which means pregnant women are often in their sights. If you wear dark clothing, you'll also be a target. There's some evidence that certain blood types are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.

Is It Bad If A Mosquito Bites You?

If a mosquito bites you, it's not the end of the world. However, you could experience complications and are almost guaranteed to have some type of reaction. Mosquito saliva often results in an allergic reaction and leaves victims with itchy welts. The bites alone are mostly just an annoyance. However, constant scratching can result in a secondary infection. Furthermore, some people are more sensitive than others to mosquito saliva. Instead of a small welt, someone can have a golf-ball-shaped bump.

In some cases, mosquitoes carry diseases. When a mosquito bites you, it can transmit one of several diseases. Across the world, mosquitoes are feared for their ability to make people sick. Of course, the only way to prevent the complications that come from a mosquito bite is to keep mosquitoes away. Pest prevention is the only way to remain safe from these pests.

How Many Times Will One Mosquito Bite You?

One mosquito can bite you multiple times. Generally, a mosquito bites and feeds until she is full. Then, she waits two or three days and lays eggs. Once she lays her eggs, she'll come back to bite you again. If you have one mosquito, you probably have more. Therefore, you can expect to have multiple bites from multiple mosquitoes. The problem will only continue to worsen.

Can A Mosquito Bite Through Clothing?

A mosquito has a long and narrow proboscis that it uses to pierce your skin. If you're wearing thin clothing with space between the fabric, a mosquito's proboscis will have no problem getting through it. But, if you wear clothing with tight stitching, it's less vulnerable to mosquito attacks.

For the most protection from mosquitoes, wear long sleeves and long pants. Loose-fitting clothing with tightly woven fabric gives you the most protection. However, there are no guarantees mosquitoes won't still bite you.

What Smells Do Mosquitoes Hate?

Just like people, mosquitoes avoid certain smells. They have an aversion to lemongrass, basil, and citronella. If you spray the essential oils of these plants or have the plants in your garden, you could deter mosquitoes. That alone won't be enough to keep these pests away. Although mosquitoes dislike certain smells, they won't avoid them. You need to rely on other methods to prevent mosquitoes.

How Do I Stop Getting Bitten By Mosquitoes?

No amount of clothing or bug spray will provide you 100% protection from mosquito bites. The only effective way of stopping mosquito bites is to keep mosquitoes away, and that means working with a pest control professional.

Here at Alliance Pest Services, we have a comprehensive mosquito control program. Our ongoing treatments keep these dangerous pests from invading your property. We have proudly served the community with residential and commercial for over 30 years. If you want to learn more about our program or our technicians, call us today at Alliance Pest Services.  

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