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12 Scary Mosquito Facts

12 scary mosquito facts

Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for more human deaths each year than sharks, snakes, bears and lions combined.

In the U.S. it’s estimated that mosquitoes drain 1.6 million gallons of blood from us every year.  That’s equivalent to 4 million blood transfusions.

Physical activity ups the risk for bites by as much as 50%. Working out builds up lactic acid in your sweat, making you more appealing.

Type O blood types are bitten twice as much as Type A. Type B is somewhere in the middle.

Mosquitoes are attracted by warmth and use thermal sensory information to track the heat signature of your body .

Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.  They are drawn to heat, and darker clothes retain more heat than light-colored clothing.  Colors to avoid – black and navy blue.

Only female mosquitoes bite because they need the protein found in blood to nourish their eggs. Male mosquitoes don’t bite, but feed on fruit and plant nectar.

Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period – that’s 400 million years ago.

A female mosquito can lay as many as 300 eggs in one go and produce up to 3,000 offspring during her entire life span.

Just one bottle of beer can significantly boost your risk of being bitten, according to a study published in Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. Researchers suspect it’s because drinking beer increases the ethanol in your sweat, and ups your body temperature.

Beware the full moon.  Studies have shown that mosquito biting activity increases by as much as 500% during a full moon.

Pregnant women get bitten about twice as much as the rest of us. The body temperature of pregnant women is a degree warmer than everyone else, and they exhale 21% more carbon dioxide (CO2), a known mosquito attractant.

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This weekend take advantage of our wicked Halloween deals and keep those biters at bay.  Because whether you live in Fiji or Florida, guaranteed those vampires of the insect world are out to get you.  And while there’s no risk of turning into a vampire yourself; it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to contract a serious, even fatal disease.

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Prep Your Garden – The Top 5 plants Mosquitoes Hate

Banish mosquitoes from your backyard with a well placed Mega-Catch™ trap together with some carefully selected plants.

The Top 5 Plants Mosquitoes Most Hate:

  1. Citronella is by far the most popular plant for repelling mosquitoes.  The plant contains citronella oil which is released when the leaves are crushed.  The smell of citronella is so strong that mosquitoes find it impossible to sniff out their next target.  So break a few leaves off the plant, rub them onto your skin and scatter them around whenever you’re working in the garden.
  2. Horsemint is a plant that works much the way citronella does in repelling mosquitoes.  It gives off a strong odor and while mosquitoes may not mind the smell so much they can’t detect their hosts through it so move on.
  3. Marigolds, another popular plant for the garden (and bridal bouquets!) are in favor mainly because of their looks not their fragrance.  Mosquitoes find their smell particularly offensive and tend not to go anywhere near them.
  4. Ageratum.  Mosquitoes just can’t stand the smell of this plant which secretes coumarin.  A chemical compound which occurs naturally in some plants, coumarin is also produced snythetically and is found in many OTC mosquito repellents.
  5. Catnip, beloved by cats, loathed by mosquitoes.  This amazing mosquito deterrent is said to be ten times more effective than DEET!

A little bit of preparation and judicial planting now should help transform your backyard into a buzz free oasis this summer.

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