Debunking the Most Common Myths About Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can be a real buzz kill -- especially here in North Carolina where they’re extremely common. They literally suck the fun right out of you -- leaving the most annoying, uncomfortable bites and pushing everybody indoors. While it may be common knowledge that mosquitoes are a common summer annoyance, there are probably lots of things you don’t know about them. The experts at Terminix Triad debunk some of the most common myths about mosquitoes below!
Myth #1: All Mosquitoes Bite
False. Only female mosquitoes bite. The protein in blood is used to develop their fertile eggs, while the male mosquito feeds on nectar. This means your blood is essentially helping female mosquitoes reproduce -- continuing the vicious cycle!
Myth #2: What You Eat Affects Your Chances of Getting Bit
False. While individual bodily makeup, such as the level of carbon dioxide you omit or the speed of your metabolism, can affect how attracted mosquitoes are to you, these aren’t things that can be changed by eating extra garlic on your pizza.
Myth #3: Citronella Candles Keep Mosquitoes Away
Half true. While there’s no evidence to suggest the scent of citronella deters mosquitoes, they are repelled by the smoke, so in one way or another, it can help get the job done. Keep in mind, citronella candles can help keep mosquitoes away, but it doesn’t get to the source of the problem -- which is eliminating their breeding grounds.
Myth #4: Bug Zappers Can Help Limit Mosquitoes
Also half true. While bug zappers do technically kill mosquitoes, they are more likely to kill the bugs that eat mosquitoes, meaning your problem could actually get worse!
Myth #5: All Bug Sprays Are Created Equal
False. Unless a bug spray contains DEET, Picaridin, Bayrepel, IR3535, or the oil of lemon eucalyptus, the CDC claims it as non-effective.
Myth #6: Mosquitoes Bite at Night
Half true. While mosquitoes are far more likely to bite you at night, some species are out during the day too, which means you could be the victim of an afternoon snack.
Myth #7: Mosquitoes Carry Disease
Absolutely true. Mosquitoes can carry and transmit an array of dangerous diseases like Zika, West Nile, and Malaria through their bites. While not every mosquito is carrying these diseases, those who are can cause serious damage to you and your family’s health.
Your best bet to stay safe and mosquito-free is to use a CDC approved bug-spray and keep your yard clear of mosquitoes with regular treatments that are employed by a professional, like Terminix-Triad!