How You Could Be Wrong About Mosquitoes In College Station

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Summer may bring refreshing days at the pool and plenty of sunshine, but in College Station, it also means dealing with local mosquitoes like the Asian tiger, the house, and the southern mosquito.

You may think you’ve got mosquitoes all figured out, but there’s a lot of misinformation that circles about these pests. From what diseases they may carry to the best ways to prevent them, here are some common myths you’ve probably heard about mosquitoes.

Myth 1: All Mosquitoes Bite

It’s a common misconception that every mosquito you run across is ready to bite you, but this isn’t true. Male mosquitoes won’t bite you – a male mosquito’s diet consists entirely of nectar. The female mosquitoes require proteins found in human blood to reproduce.

There are also plenty of mosquito species that don’t bite people at all, but many of the common mosquito types in College Station, like the Asian tiger mosquito, will bite as long as they’re female.

Myth 2: People With Fair Skin Get Bitten More By Mosquitoes

Another myth that usually accompanies mosquitoes is that if you’ve got fair skin, you make a more attractive meal to these pests. However, this isn’t true – your complexion doesn’t make you look more (or less) appealing to mosquitoes.

This myth does have some rationale – even if they don’t make a tastier meal, people with fair skin usually have more vital, more visible reactions to bug bites. When they’re bitten, someone with fair skin might get an inflamed, itchy, red bump that stays for days, while a bite is barely noticeable on someone else.

If you’re worried about luring in mosquitoes, these pests may not care about your complexion, but they do tend to target people who are:

  • Wearing bright colors that are easier to spot
  • Pregnant
  • Exercising or sweating while outside
  • Drinking alcohol

Myth 3: All Mosquitoes Carry Disease

You’ve probably heard a lot about mosquito-borne diseases, and while they’re a legitimate concern, that doesn’t mean every single mosquito carries a disease. Only a small percentage of mosquitoes are carrying or infected with a dangerous disease, such as:

  • Dengue fever
  • West Nile Virus
  • Yellow fever
  • Zika virus
  • Malaria
  • Chikungunya

You don’t need to seek medical attention just because a mosquito has bitten you, but if you start experiencing symptoms like fever, a spreading rash, chills, or other flu-like symptoms after a bite, you may need to go to the doctor.

Myth 4: Using Bats Is An Easy Way To Control Mosquito Populations

Mosquitoes are one of the trickiest pests to control, but many homeowners rely on bats as a common tactic. They may even attract bats to their property for the sole purpose of reducing mosquitoes.

While bats eat mosquitoes, these pests are far from a bat’s favorite meal. Attracting bats may reduce your cicada or beetle populations, but it probably won’t dent your mosquito problem much.

The best way to control mosquitoes in College Station is with professional help – like us at D. Lee Pest Services. Our experienced professionals will not only use effective treatments that significantly reduce mosquito populations, but we can also identify problem areas that may be attracting them.

If you’re tired of constant mosquito bites on your property, don’t wait any longer – call us at D. Lee Pest Services today to find out how we can help with your mosquito and other home pest control needs in Bryan, TX.