Why Do The Mosquitoes In Merrimac, MA Need Blood?

October 15, 2021

Mosquitoes are widely considered the most dangerous animal globally because of the many diseases and parasites they carry. Only the females bite and as they inject their saliva that has anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant properties, they keep feeding on your blood until they are full. Unfortunately, the diseases and parasites the mosquito carries are also injected into the bite victim. These can include the Zika virus, malaria, West Nile virus, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, encephalitis, tularemia, and dog heartworm. 

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Mosquitoes In Merrimac

Mosquitoes are members of the fly family. They have a dark body with six legs and a pair of wings. They also have an enlarged proboscis that is used to drink their food. It is sharp enough to pierce the skin.  There are many mosquitoes in Merrimac, but the ones listed below are the ones that bite people and spread disease.

  • Inland Floodwater Mosquito (Aedes vexans)  
  • Cattail Mosquito (Coquillettidia perturbans)  
  • Northern House Mosquito (Culex pipiens)
  • White –dotted Mosquito (Culex restuans)  
  • Unbanded Saltmarsh Mosquito (Culex salinarius)
  • Black-tailed Mosquito (Culiseta melanura)
  • Woodland Pool Mosquito (Ochlerotatus canadensis)
  • Asian Bush Mosquito (Ochlerotatus japonicus) 

Mosquito Lifecycle

The female mates with the male in the fall and overwinters in a sheltered place. In the spring, she comes out of her dormancy and begins to lay eggs. Before doing that, she must have a blood meal to get the extra protein and amino acids to create her eggs. She then lays them in one of two places:  in rafts of eggs laid in stagnant water or a place that floods but is currently dry. This might be a hole in a tree that catches water or a low spot that puddles when it rains. These eggs are laid in singles and remain dormant until they are in contact with water.

In either case, the eggs hatch, and wigglers emerge. These larvae breathe via a snorkel and live underwater, eating algae and microorganisms. They pupate and are called tumblers because they tumble through the water if it is disturbed. Finally, the adult mosquito emerges from the pupa and flies away. 

What Mosquitoes Eat 

As mentioned above, mosquito larvae eat algae and microorganisms. Some species of mosquitoes are very aggressive and eat anything they can catch. When the larvae pupate, they do not eat. When the adult mosquito leaves the pupa, both sexes eat nectar, plant juices, and aphid honeydew. The female also must have a blood meal to produce eggs. That is where you and your family come in.

Mosquito Bite Prevention 

There are some things you can do to help reduce the number of mosquito bites you receive:

  • Wear long-sleeved shirts that are tightly woven, long pants, and closed-toed shoes.  
  • Put DEET or another mosquito repellent on your clothes.  
  • Avoid going out at dawn and dusk as that is when the mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dump out stagnant water in tires, buckets, and other places it accumulates.
  • Change the water in animal troughs, birdbaths, and pet dishes weekly and clean them before refilling them.
  • Fill in holes in trees that collect water.
  • Clean out gutters.

Get Help With Mosquitoes 

No one can eliminate the mosquitoes in your yard. If you want to enjoy your yard all season long and at all times of the day, Mosquito Busters can help. When you call us, one of our trained Mosquito Busters will come out and do a thorough inspection of your yard. After our initial treatment, we will come every three weeks to renew it during mosquito season. Call Mosquito Busters today to knock those mosquitoes down and get your yard back. 

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