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What Attracts Mosquitoes?

There are many things in your yard that may be attractive to mosquitoes, including still and stagnant water. This means any ponds, marshes, pools, playsets, gardens, buckets, etc. that hold standing water can be a source of attraction for mosquitoes.

When finding a host to feed on, mosquitoes are attracted to exhaled breath, natural scent, and even your blood type! Mosquitoes seem to be more attracted to some individuals than others.

Mosquitoes biting neck outdoors

Why Do I Have Mosquitoes In My Yard?

Where you have standing water, you can be sure you’ll have mosquitoes, too. In the spring and summer in Lubbock TX, mosquitoes will be drawn to a number of areas in your yard. The most common areas where mosquitoes can be found includes near bird baths, gardens, ponds, playsets, gutters, pools, spas, and more. If they are able to locate standing water, they will happily use it to lay their eggs within. Mosquitoes are especially abundant in the warmer parts of the year, which is when you may see an increase in their activity in your yard.

Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Me So Much?

There has always been an air of mystery around what attracts mosquitoes to certain humans more than others.

The three things mosquitoes are most attracted to are:

  1. Breath. Female mosquitoes possess long antennae and organs that are able to sense odor. These parts are attuned to carbon dioxide, which is produced when someone exhales. A high concentration of carbon dioxide can be detected by mosquitoes more than 150 feet away. This accounts for the initial attraction to humans nearby.
  2. Blood. We all possess the one thing mosquitoes need to survive: blood! Mosquitoes use their piercing proboscis to pierce our skin and suck the blood up. But are mosquitoes more attracted to people based on blood type? Researchers have demonstrated that, yes, individuals with Type O blood may be more susceptible to bites than those with Type A. In addition, scientists have concluded that genetic make-up can account for many of the factors that make someone more prone to mosquito bites.
  3. Scent. Research has shown that mosquitoes are more attracted to certain scents. Substances like uric acid, lactic acid, and ammonia released from the glands in your skin can attract mosquitoes. Those that have a higher body temperature or perspire more often are attractive to mosquitoes. Even floral fragrances and perfumes worn can be attractive to these insects.

What Attracts Mosquitoes in Lubbock TX?

Whether your yard seems to be a haven for mosquitoes or your family members are prone to being bitten by these pests, it’s important to know how to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes in general.  Always contact a professional exterminator for help making your yard less attractive to mosquitoes before mosquito season each year.

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