If you feel like the one person in a crowd that the insect targets the most, you may be right. For starters, your blood may be a factor in you becoming a meal. It’s not the old myth of mosquitoes biting those with “sweet blood,” they seem to have an affinity for blood type O. However, the attraction may also be your skin. More than three hundred chemicals and microbes can be found on our skin in different quantities on a daily basis. This mixture creates various odors, which we don’t smell, but scientists have found it attracts mosquitoes.
Carbon Dioxide is one of the top culprits that put us on the radar. We exhale it with every breath, making us detectable from up to seventy-five feet away. That extra heavy breathing that goes with working out, combined with increased sweating that also attracts them, is a recipe for being at the end of a divebomb. Some other items that draw them to you are flowery scented perfumes and colognes, alcoholic beverages, and dark-colored clothing.
In Arizona, mosquitoes can be active throughout the year but come out in numbers from March to October. For many years, people from all over the country have been flocking to our state to retire, and mosquitoes are no different; there are over forty species here. After years of dryer weather, July of 2021 brought monsoon type rains to Maricopa county, and with that, an expectation of hordes of thousands and thousands hatching and taking to the air.
The Culex is at the top of Arizona’s mosquito hierarchy. They come out during dusk and dawn and can feed through the night. They are vectors for the West Nile virus and St Louis Encephalitis. The Aedes aegypti is a latecomer to the Southern Arizona feeding party. They can spread Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other pathogens. They prefer to feed on people, making them the most likely mosquito to spread diseases.
If you are one of the lucky ones, you’ll catch their incessant buzzing before they make a blood withdrawal. Put luck on your side and call the top-rated mosquito control service in Southern Arizona, 520 Termite & Pest Solutions. We have been taking care of the Phoenix metropolitan area for over forty years and take pride in doing our part to keep our customers out of harm’s way. Contact us today for a free estimate and get yourself out of the line of fire.