Mosquito control technology has been slow to develop. For years, no one looked into the reasons why these biting bugs were attracted to some more than others. Today, that’s changing. A slew of scientists are studying mosquito makeup, including how and why they’re drawn to certain individuals and how to use that information to prevent them from swarming your summer soirees.
Let’s take a look at what we’re learning:
Mosquitos have gated sensory systems.
One of the most interesting facts to come out of this new flood of research is the way mosquitos’ senses work. Unlike humans who can see, hear, taste, smell and touch all at the same time, “skeeters” only see until something grabs their attention. Once that happens, their other senses turn on, allowing them to target in on potential sources of food.
They can smell you up to 30 ft. away.
Georgia has more than its fair share of mosquito species, and each one is capable of identifying you from a far distance. For once, we can feel lucky. Studies on species from Central Africa are resulting astonishing farther results. With such strong snouts, it’s no wonder summer activities are plagued by these pesky creatures. Any get-together you decide to host on your property will immediately be picked up on by bugs you can’t hear or see.
They’re not as interested in sugar or fat as you think.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to why certain people are bitten more than others. One idea bounced around has regarded those with higher body-fat content or more sugar in their diets. Scientists have proven that the most attention-catching scent is not sugar or fat, however, but carbon dioxide. In fact, once a living target is identified, mosquitos can differentiate between species, along with other features, using other smells.
There are human-specific smells that make us bigger targets.
Interesting enough, there are two scents we have that aren’t shared by the majority of other mammals. Our sweat—unlike that of most other mammals—makes both ammonia and lactic acid as byproducts. For whatever reason, mosquitos are especially drawn to these smells. Scientists are working diligently to determine why that is and, more importantly, how we can use that information to stay bite-free.
Technology hasn’t given us the keys to a comfortable summer just yet.
Unfortunately, given all that we’re learning about mosquitos, we still haven’t found a way to create an effective repellant that’s also safe for other insects, like the all-important honeybee. As we learn more about the way mosquitos interpret smells, we’ll be able to gain control of their populations. Until then, hiring a professional pest control company to keep your yard free of bugs this summer is still your best move.
Stop itching and scratching, and take advantage of the cures available while we wait for further developments in mosquito control technology. Call (678) 648-2556 to learn more about mosquito control technology and get relief with help from Think Green Lawn Care today.