Thank you for joining us for part two of our blog series looking at interesting, yet not-so-fun, facts about our (least) favorite summertime pest — mosquitoes. Since our recent post, we know that residents in Riverside and beyond have had an itching to learn even more about these tiny, flying, bloodsuckers, and as your trusted mosquito control experts, we have a lot of fun facts to share with you. Here is a brief recap of what we explored in part one:

  • Female mosquitoes are the ones who bite (mostly)
  • There are more than 3,500 mosquito species worldwide, with 53 species found in California
  • Mosquito is Spanish for “little fly”
  • Mosquitoes can guzzle up to 7.5 milligrams of blood

Today, let’s delve back into the wild world of mosquitoes as we look at a few more fun facts about these pests. Have mosquitoes taken over your home, business, or commercial property? Give Gopher Patrol a call for mosquito control in Riverside and we’ll safely eliminate your mosquito problem using EPA-registered products.

Speed Racers

Have you ever wondered how fast mosquitoes can fly? Normally, when you see mosquitoes they don’t seem to be moving extremely fast. It’s more like they just hover near your ear or sit on a wall while they wait for their next victim. Mosquitoes, though, typically fly about one to 1.5 miles an hour.

Short Lifespans

Most people will be happy to learn that mosquitoes have a short lifespan. While mosquito lifespans vary by species, adult females generally live two-to-three weeks. Others live longer if they are able to hunker down in a shed, garage, or attack during the colder months, which can extend their lives for as long as six months. Mosquito prevention services with Gopher Patrol can cut their lives short before they have a chance to make your property their winter home.

Hibernation

While we’re on the subject of them taking over your garage for the winter, mosquitoes do indeed hibernate. Mosquitoes are cold-blooded so they thrive in temperatures over 80 degrees, but when temperatures dip below 50, they must seek shelter to survive. That’s why sheds, garages, attics, and even basements appeal to mosquitoes, especially adult females who want to lay their eggs. It’s important to seal up any holes, cracks, or entryways where mosquitoes might be able to sneak in for the colder season. If you need help with seasonal mosquito control, we’re just a call or click away!

Repellents That Actually Work

There are many choices out there when it comes to mosquito repellents, but which ones actually work? According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most effective mosquito repellents include:

  • DEET
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus
  • IR3535
  • Picaridin

Lemongrass, where the natural oil citronella for mosquito repelling candles and oils comes from, can also help repel mosquitoes from your yard. If you’re wondering which repellent is right for you, use the EPA’s search tool.

Mosquitoes Do (Unfortunately) Serve a Purpose

While it may seem as though mosquitoes are nothing more than a nuisance, these annoying pest actually so serve a purpose. Mosquitoes are a part of ecosystems, serving as a food source for thousands of animals, including:

  • Bats
  • Birds
  • Frogs
  • Dragonflies
  • Reptiles

As a side note, a report by National Geographic tells us that mosquitoes actually prefer to feed on the blood of cattle, horses, and even birds over humans. So while it may seem they have a malicious intent, they are just a part of the circle of life.

Call Us for Mosquito Control in Riverside

If you want to remove existing mosquito swarms from your home and prevent mosquitoes from invading your property, or worse, the inside of your home, then call Gopher Patrol to get an appointment for mosquito control and mosquito prevention. Don’t forget to ask about our new client specials!

Tune in next time as we continue looking at even more interesting facts about mosquitoes. Until then, thank you for reading!