If you live in Alabama, your property may be bothered by mosquitoes, especially during the warm summer months. Unfortunately, these pests may harbor dangerous diseases. Most people think that they know a great deal about mosquitoes. Here are a few myths that are not true.
Myth #1: Mosquitoes Die After They Bite
Some bees die after they sting individuals, so many people think the same thing about mosquitoes. However, these creatures do not sting, and they remain alive after they bite. In fact, a female mosquito lays her eggs after she bites someone.
Myth #2: Citronella Products Ward Off Mosquitoes
Most people do not enjoy the annoyance of mosquito bites. Many people believe that using Citronella is a good way to keep these insects away. Even though lighting a Citronella candle or torch may offer a small amount of protection in a limited area, a windy day will prevent these items from working well. Citronella is used to mask human odors that attract these creatures. However, these types of products are not a solid way to keep them away for long periods of time.
Myth #3: Mosquitoes are Attracted to Certain People
Some people believe that mosquitoes love to bite individuals who have “sweet” blood. This is not the case. Instead, these insects are often attracted to people who excrete the highest levels of carbon dioxide and lactic acid. This is why individuals who sweat the most are commonly attacked frequently.
Myth #4: Bats Keep Mosquitoes Away
Bats eat mosquitoes. However, they eat other insects as well. In a normal environment, mosquitoes are only a small portion of a bat’s diet. Although a tiny amount of mosquitoes are eliminated, a bat’s feeding habits are not an effective means of mosquito control.
Myth #5: All Mosquitoes Bite Humans
When mosquitoes infest areas, they come in large numbers. It seems like it is necessary to swat all of them away. However, only females feed on humans. They use the protein in blood to produce their eggs.
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