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Mosquito Facts: How Do Mosquitoes Find Their Prey?

Just when you thought your summer was getting off to a great start — with plenty of outdoor parties, get-togethers and barbeques already accomplished — you are suddenly swarmed by mosquitoes on a hot and humid Atlanta evening and your season is now ruined.

But, how did this disease-carrying pest find you? Was it improper mosquito control measures? Did you have a sign on your shirt that said: “mosquito bites, please!”?

Well, the way in which a mosquito hunts is quite complex, and knowing their methods might do well in the way of avoiding a mosquito bite in the future.

Mosquitoes Use Smell

Just like many other insects, mosquitoes are highly attracted to the scent of carbon dioxide and use this to seek out their victims.

What makes matters worse is the fact that mosquitoes can actually detect our scent from just under 165 feet away, as when we exhale we create a plume that is easy to follow for these disease-carrying pests.

Unfortunately, we (along with animals) exhale carbon dioxide regularly, which would mean we would have to stop breathing to thwart this mosquito tactic. Needless to say, this wouldn’t be a smart idea.

Mosquitoes Use Sight

Once a mosquito has caught on to our scent, it will then use its vision to aid in spotting us. The female mosquito may catch a glimpse of us from a distance, and land somewhere before deciding to fly over and start sucking our blood.

Luckily, you can make it a bit more difficult for mosquitoes to see you by avoiding dark clothing — which has been revealed in numerous studies to be a massive attractant to mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes Use Our Heat

Once a mosquito has followed our scent and spotted us, she will finally use her thermal sensors to precisely locate where we are.

The heat we naturally produce — from breathing, movement, and our internal body — are the last piece of the puzzle to allow the mosquito to zone in and have herself a feast.

Avoiding Mosquitoes With Atlanta Mosquito Control

If you’re sick of being a snack for mosquitoes this summer, it’s time to contact Mr. Mister in order to create a mosquito-free zone in your yard.

We’ve been serving Atlanta and surrounding communities for years, and offer multiple services for mosquito control to keep these pests away from you and your family all season — these include our ClearZone mosquito misting service, and our automatic mosquito misting systems.

We also offer regular gutter cleaning, as gutters — and the sitting water that can accumulate within them — can be the perfect breeding grounds for these blood-sucking pests. So, what are you waiting for? Call Mr. Mister today and save yourself and your family from mosquitoes this summer.

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