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This is an age-old question. Okay, maybe not age-old, but it’s definitely a question Colorado residents ask. Today, we're going to provide some answers. We'll look at why some people get more mosquito bites than others and how you can use this information to prevent bites. We'll break down personal protection as well as tips to help you make your yard a mosquito-free zone. If you want direct answers to your mosquito questions, we can help you with that, too. Reach out to your EnviroPest service team. We provide sustainable, smart, solution-driven pest management for Colorado residents and business owners. Let us find the right solution for you!

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Why mosquitoes target certain people

  • Blood Type
    Have you ever stood outside at a party and noticed that you're the only one wiggling around and waving mosquitoes away? Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes. You might smell good to them. Skin gives off a chemical signal that lets mosquitoes know what blood type you have—and those irritating pests have a preference. They'll choose someone with Type O blood over someone with A, AB, or B blood. But there are some ways you may attract mosquitoes, even if you don't have the type of blood they prefer. Some of these you have control over.
  • Carbon Dioxide
    Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, which humans exhale. If you exhale more often, you may catch the attention of mosquitoes. Working out in the great outdoors is one way to exhale more carbon dioxide. Being pregnant is another.
  • Body Heat
    Mosquitoes are drawn to body heat. When they get close, they'll use the heat of your skin to land. Doing a workout or working in your yard can draw unwanted attention from mosquitoes. Keep in mind that carrying a baby also raises skin temperature, so pregnant mothers-to-be, watch out.
  • Beer Drinking
    Mosquitoes are attracted to people who have had one beer, according to a recent study. If you're the designated driver at an outdoor party, you may be able to avoid these biting pests better. 
  • Scented products
    Wearing or using scented products, especially floral-scented soaps, perfumes, deodorants, and lotions, may also make you a mosquito magnet.

There are many factors that determine whether or not a mosquito will bite you. A few alterations can deter them. But the better solution is to avoid going to areas where mosquitoes are active or take greater precautions when doing so. 

Mosquito prevention tips

If mosquitoes bother you in your yard, you may not have the option of avoiding them. While you can decide to avoid going out in the morning or evening when they are more active, it isn't really a solution. You must address the source of the problem.

What is the source of a mosquito problem in your yard? Breeding sites. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, the eggs hatch, and then they develop into flying insects. Your goal is to stop them. To that end, we recommend the following mosquito prevention tips:

  • Remove all the objects in your yard that collect rainwater.
  • Pour rainwater out of objects before the mosquito larvae can turn into flying insects.
  • Address moisture problems, such as clogged gutters and drainage issues.
  • Trim plants, remove weeds, and keep grass cut.

The more effort you put into reducing stagnant water and humidity in your yard, the fewer troubles you'll have with mosquitoes. But it takes work. That is why many property owners turn to professional mosquito control.

Seasonal mosquito control for the win!

EnviroPest, a Colorado pest control company, offers effective mosquito control in Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder as well as throughout Northern Colorado. When you contact us for help with these biting pests, we’ll provide an initial inspection to identify mosquito hotspots, and then monthly mosquito treatments (May through September) targeted harborage areas and breeding sites.

If you’re ready to take back your yard this summer, contact EnviroPest today!

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