What Attracts Mosquitoes In Tupelo?

Mosquito attraction is universal. The mosquito species in our Tupelo area are attracted to what attracts all mosquitoes. Today, we're going to look at these universal attractants and discuss what you can do to reduce mosquito bites. Let's break them down into personal mosquito prevention and mosquito reduction.

Personal Mosquito Prevention

There are many ways you can be attractive to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide, heat, moisture, dark silhouettes, certain chemicals on your skin, conditions that are present when you drink alcohol, and more. Some of these attractants can be controlled. Others cannot.

  • If you wear bright colors, you can make it more difficult for a mosquito to lock onto you. Mosquitoes have poor eyesight. They use silhouettes to find you.
  • If you do a workout outside, you can attract mosquitoes. Working out increases your temperature, makes you sweat, and causes you to expel more carbon dioxide. But, what is worse, you're most likely to do a workout in the morning, when mosquitoes are more active. If you're getting bites in the morning while you exercise, you may want to consider doing your workouts inside.
  • When mosquitoes target you because of your chemical scent, you can make it more difficult for them to bite you by wearing long sleeves and pants. Selecting bright colors can make it even more difficult.
  • Having one beer at an outdoor gathering can attract mosquitoes to you. It pays to be the designated driver at an outdoor party.

It may not be practical to use natural mosquito prevention to address mosquitoes that are attracted to you. If you can't use the tips given above, you may be able to ward off mosquito bites with more direct means.

  • Repellent is the most effective means to prevent mosquito bites. There are limitations. A determined female mosquito isn't going to be easily deterred. You can get a bite even if you're covered in bug spray. It is also unpleasant to have to put on bug spray every time you go outside to enjoy time in your yard, especially if you'll be eating food.
  • Natural repellents can give you some protection from mosquitoes and they can be far more pleasant than synthetic repellents. You can apply these to your skin by getting products that contain essential oils, or by purchasing plants, and placing the plants in areas where you'll be recreating outside. Be aware that essential oils don't last long, and there is no way to know how much will need to be put on to fully deter mosquitoes. This isn't a complete solution in itself.
  • If you bring a fan outside and put it on you, it can be a natural deterrent. Mosquitoes aren't the best fliers. A light breeze can keep them from landing on you. The issue with this method is getting complete coverage of your whole body.
  • Netting is probably the most effective method for preventing mosquitoes, but nets have their issues as well. When you enter a netted space, you can allow mosquitoes to come in with you. If a hole develops in the netting, it can allow mosquitoes to get in.

There is no perfect solution for personal mosquito prevention, but these methods and other natural techniques can give you protection when used together. The best solution, however, is to not have mosquitoes in your yard.

Mosquito Reduction

There are many things that attract mosquitoes to your Tupelo property. But, as with personal mosquito prevention, addressing attractants will only provide partial protection.

  • Mosquitoes prefer to live near areas of humidity and moisture. You can reduce mosquitoes on your property to make it less attractive to mosquitoes. But, of course, this won't prevent mosquitoes from coming into your yard.
  • Mosquitoes don't eat blood to survive. Male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant sap. If you have flowers and plants around your home, which most homes do, you're going to attract mosquitoes. You could make your home less attractive by removing the vegetation, but this isn't an ideal solution.
  • Mosquitoes hide in shaded spaces. If you have voids underneath structures in your yard, these can lure mosquitoes. You can apply netting to keep mosquitoes out from under structures, but mice, rats, squirrels, and other pests can tear your screens and remove this preventative layer.
  • There is only one natural way to reduce mosquitoes in your yard and that is to remove standing water resources that mosquitoes use for reproduction. The mosquitoes that bite you in your yard are mostly mosquitoes that live in your yard.

What Works Best?

If you want to significantly reduce mosquitoes in your yard and not have to think about personal mosquito prevention or mosquito breeding sites, the solution is mosquito reduction service. Routine treatments work to eliminate mosquitoes when they come into your yard and rest. They also work to eliminate emerging mosquitoes. If you'd like to see what a difference mosquito control services can make in your Tupelo yard, reach out to us.

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