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All The Ways You Attract The Mosquitoes In Portland

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People do things every day that attract pests, mostly without even realizing it. But with parasites like mosquitoes, knowing how to avoid them can protect you from the nasty diseases they might carry. Part of avoiding pests is knowing the ways that they can be more attracted to you and your property.

Who & What Are Mosquitoes Attracted To?

The most important thing to understand about mosquitoes is that no one is really safe from their bites. Mosquitoes are parasites that feed off the blood of people and large animals, so they’ll bite anyone and anything with warm blood and a pulse. The only way to truly avoid their bites is with comprehensive pest control.

That said, there are certain things that mosquitoes are attracted to, and knowing these things can help you know when you are at your most vulnerable:

  • Intoxication: Alcohol is a natural blood thinner that increases your blood pressure. Mosquitoes can sense this a mile away, so drinking can make mosquitoes attracted to you.
  • Type O Blood: Those with this blood type are universal donors, which seems to make them universally attractive to mosquitoes, too.
  • Pregnant Women: Pregnant women have higher body temperatures, which attract mosquitoes. They also exhale more carbon dioxide with each breath, another thing that attracts mosquitoes.

Real Mosquito Dangers

Now, just because mosquitoes are attracted by certain factors doesn't mean they are any less dangerous to others. The reason mosquitoes are such dangerous pests is because of the diseases they can carry. In fact, there’s an entire subset of epidemiology -- the study of how diseases spread -- that’s dedicated to studying mosquitoes and other pests that transmit illnesses to humans.

Here are just some of the many illnesses that parasites like mosquitoes are known to transmit:

  • West Nile Virus: While the symptoms tend to be mild and similar to that of a common cold, West Nile Virus can overwhelm healthcare systems when it’s transmitted via mosquito bites.
  • Ebola: One of the more recent viruses to cause a global health scare, ebola is also known as hemorrhagic fever because it can cause internal bleeding.
  • Malaria: A disease that specifically targets red blood cell plasma, malaria is one of the most lethal blood-borne pathogens.

How To Prevent Mosquitoes On Your Property

The lingering question you probably have is how you can keep them away from your property. While certain products like sprays and ointments can protect you while you’re traveling, it’s also important to prevent mosquito populations from forming near your property.

Here are some ways to do that:

  • Landscaping: Mosquitoes need landing pads to wait on and rest. That means overgrown yards are more attractive than trimmed ones.
  • Standing Water: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so puddles or water features around your property will also attract them.
  • Treatments: The best way to prevent pests from invading your yard is with thorough and effective treatments administered by pest professionals. Contact Big Blue Bug Solutions to learn more.

Real Protection From Big Blue Bug Solutions

Even by addressing those factors, properties can still wind up with a mosquito infestation. These flying pests can easily come from miles around. The easiest, most comprehensive way to make sure you’re protected from mosquitoes is to partner with experts who know all the things that need to be addressed to prevent pest populations. At Big Blue Bug Solutions, we can schedule an inspection of your property and make sure that attractants aren’t there to make you vulnerable. Once we’ve determined what needs to be addressed, we can map out a treatment plan that’s right for you and your budget. Make sure you’re protected from biting pests like mosquitoes with overall protection from Big Blue Bug Solutions. Get started today by giving us a call or visiting us online.