Answering Boise's Most Commonly Asked Mosquito Questions

May 14, 2021

Have you ever looked down at a mosquito that is biting you and wondered where it came from or whether or not it is dangerous? Most people have questions about mosquitoes. However, finding answers is not always easy. One day, you hear that mosquitoes are the most dangerous creatures in the world, and the next day, someone tells you that their bite is harmless. With so many different stories, it can be hard to know what is true. To help you set the record straight, here are some of Boise’s most commonly asked mosquito questions and the answers to each.

a mosquito biting a boise resident

Are mosquitoes attracted to light? 

Mosquitoes are attracted to light, but not in the way you might think. At night, these small pests use the moon to navigate their surroundings. Your home’s exterior lights can confuse mosquitoes, causing them to spiral around them. Turning lights off at night will reduce your chances of finding these pests around your home after the sun goes down.

Can a mosquito bite you through your clothing?

A female mosquito’s needle-like mouthparts are pointy and strong enough to pierce through most clothing. Mostly these pests are able to bite through thin clothing that is skin tight. If you are wearing a jacket, thick pants, or your clothing is moving around, a mosquito will not be able to get its needle nose to your skin.

Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Mosquitoes are considered to be the most dangerous creatures on the planet and are responsible for over one million human deaths each year. The majority of these fatalities, however, happen in third-world countries where blood-borne diseases are more common and access to medicine and medical care is limited.

When do mosquitoes come out?

Mosquitoes do not sleep as people do, but they do rest for periods during the day. These pests are most active during the beginning and end of the day. If you exercise outdoors, avoid doing so during dawn and dusk to reduce your chances of being bitten.

Why do mosquitoes bite people? 

Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite? Males do not have the tools needed to pierce the skin and do not need blood to survive. Technically, females don’t either. They draw blood in order to provide nutrients for their eggs. A female mosquito lays her eggs inside pools of stagnant water around properties. Eliminate these sources around your yard to reduce the population of these pests on your property.

What is the best way to keep mosquitoes away?

A better question is, are you looking for a way to stop mosquitoes from biting you or for a long-term solution to keep these pests off your property? If you are just looking for ways to protect yourself from being bitten, here is what we recommend.

  • Wear light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid exercising outdoors especially during dawn and dusk.
  • Apply mosquito repellent before going outside.
  • Avoid mosquito-dense areas such as marshlands and swamps.
  • Keep your body moving.
  • Wear baggy or thick clothing.

If you are looking for a way to keep these pests off your property, year-round, your best bet is to hire a professional.

Does professional pest control work for mosquitoes?

Absolutely! There is no better way to deter mosquitoes from your property than to get the help of a professional pest control provider. At Owyhee Environmental, we offer comprehensive solutions to eliminate mosquitoes at their source, and as they come into yards.  We also offer one-time services for outdoor events and gatherings. 

Contact us today to learn more about our pest control offerings and find a time to have your home treated for mosquitoes.

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