Mosquito-Free Areas to Visit

 
Your next vacation is a time to escape from work, relax with family or friends, and recharge. If you arrive at your vacation destination ready for fun, it can be quite discouraging to be greeted by a barrage of mosquitoes instead. So, while you’re planning your trip, doing a little more research about possible destinations and the insects that inhabit the area can help you avoid a buggy situation.

Are There Any Places Without Mosquitoes?

Unless you’re planning on traveling to Antarctica or Iceland, you’ll likely encounter mosquitoes, especially if it’s during the summer months. However, there are some virtually mosquito-free areas where you would be less likely to encounter many of those nagging pests. In North America, the state with the least number of mosquitoes in West Virginia, you will still encounter some in the more densely wooded areas. And even the state with the least number of mosquitoes has a lot.

When it comes to determining whether your vacation spot will have lots of bugs, consider two things: temperature and humidity. The “swampier” the climate, the more likely you’ll encounter a lot of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes also love standing water, so you may decide to avoid areas with swamps, ponds, or small lakes. For example, lakeside camping is going to involve bug bites. But a cruise or a water park vacation offers more controlled environments likely to be itch-free.

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Hot Places Without Mosquitoes

If you’re up for a little adventure, visit the tiny island of Montserrat in the Caribbean British West Indies. It’s one of few very hot spots in the world that allows you to essentially live a mosquito-free life. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why this location doesn’t have mosquitoes, since it has all their usual requirements: tropical temperatures, humidity, and plenty of water. The constant volcanic activity that the island is known for is likely a big factor.

The islands of French Polynesia also have fewer mosquitoes than most islands with similar climates. Tahiti is one of these islands and is a beautiful place to vacation. It’s known for its picturesque beaches and lavish resorts. French Polynesian vacation spots attract thousands of tourists every year.

Going on an extended vacation? Consider weatherproofing your windows to avoid returning to a water-damaged home.

Mosquito-Free Life Is Rare, But You Can Get Close!

Even if you travel to places with no mosquitoes (or very few), those annoying pests will be faithfully waiting for you when you finally return home—because they never take a vacation.

To make help make your backyard an infestation before it begins by contacting our experts at Mosquito Joe. We can make your yard more enjoyable all year long by spraying for mosquitoes and helping you eliminate their habitat. Request an estimate or call us at 1-855-275-2563 to get started.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Exist?

 
The obnoxious drone of a mosquito in your ear. The itch and swell of a bite on your arm. The spread of disease. Are mosquitoes good for anything other than this? In fact, why do mosquitoes exist? 

While it may seem that these bugs are just menaces, they do fit into the larger ecosystem. Learn about a mosquito’s role and the reasons scientists and pest control specialists work to eliminate some types.  

What Is the Point of Mosquitoes?

Like other insects, mosquitoes are part of the food chain. Fish, frogs, turtles, and aquatic insects eat mosquito nymphs. Birds, bats, spiders, and other animals eat adult mosquitoes. Some species of mosquitoes are also pollinators. These insects can carry diseases, which is certainly a negative “point” of their existence.  

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How Long Have Mosquitoes Existed?

These insects have existed for 100 to 200 million years. Many types of mosquitoes have been preserved in amber, allowing humans to study their prehistoric existence. To put it simply, they’re extremely resilient!  

Why Do Scientists and Pest Control Experts Try to Eliminate Mosquitoes?

Why do humans want to kill mosquitoes in some cases? Well, they want to reduce the types of mosquitoes that cause significant harm to humankind. More than 400 species of mosquitoes carry devastating diseases like dengue and malaria. That’s why there are global scientific efforts to control mosquitoes like Aedes aegypti, using biotechnology and other suppression techniques.  

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What Would Happen If Mosquitoes Went Extinct?

If mosquitoes went extinct all at once, there would likely be noticeable consequences for the broader ecosystem. Many animals would need to adapt their food sources quickly. However, a mass extinction of all types of mosquitoes is highly improbable. Gradual extinctions are marked by ongoing adaptation of the ecosystem, which is the more probable scenario if mosquitoes were to die off. In other words: When an extinction is gradual, other life forms find a way to keep going.  

Mosquitoes Make Bad Neighbors

Mosquitoes have a purpose, but that doesn’t mean you have to be neighbors. You can control mosquitoes in your yard to reduce your chances of contracting vector-borne illnesses and to enjoy your property itch-free. You can do this by manually removing mosquito habitats (e.g., standing water) and by contacting your local Mosquito Joe®. Learn about our mosquito barrier spray treatments, and book online or call 1-855-275-2563 to get started.  

 

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New Species of Mosquito Brings a New Threat

In many places throughout the country, the peace and enjoyment of a pleasant evening outdoors is disrupted by annoying, biting mosquitoes. This warm-weather pest can be a real nuisance and put a damper on many outdoor plans and activities. What a lot of people don’t realize is many of these mosquitoes can also carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to both humans and pets. Depending on the type of species, some mosquitoes can transmit diseases that result in a lot more than just an itchy rash. One such species will be arriving in certain areas of the country soon, with predictions of more widespread activity throughout this summer.

A New Threat Has Arrived

Scientists have identified a new species of mosquito—Aedes scapularis—that can transmit several nasty diseases. They’re warning residents in specific areas of the country that this new species is capable of transmitting diseases like yellow fever virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, dog heartworm, and other pathogens. This non-native mosquito currently has a wide range, from Texas to parts of South America and throughout much of the Caribbean. It has also become widespread in several South Florida counties, and experts predict many other areas could be highly suitable for the species to thrive and multiply. Researchers, using a process known as ecological niche modeling—a machine-learning algorithm that predicts the potential distribution of the species across regions—identified as many as 16 counties in Florida as “highly suitable.” Other areas like Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and parts of South Carolina could become potential breeding grounds for the species to spread.

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Increased Awareness and Vigilance Recommended

As a result of these findings, researchers suggest you take extra precautions when venturing outside during the spring and summer months. Bug sprays and candles can only do so much when it comes to repelling mosquitoes. Here are some other easy-to-follow tips to help you prepare for the upcoming, mosquito-heavy months:

  • Keep vegetation pruned.
  • Remove any standing water.
  • Avoid wearing dark colors at night.
  • Keep pets inside at night.

Heavy vegetation provides an ideal environment for insects. Keep plants and shrubs pruned on a regular basis to help reduce the insect population in your backyard. The same is true for any standing water—the most favorable habitat for mosquitoes to grow. Survey your backyard for any areas where water may accumulate and eliminate them, if possible. When you’re outside, especially during dust and evening hours, avoid wearing colors that are more likely to attract mosquitoes. And finally, try to keep pets inside at night. Pets that are left outside overnight are susceptible to mosquito bites, which can transmit diseases like heartworm.

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Taking Back Control of Your Backyard

Dealing with mosquitoes in the spring and summer has become a yearly ritual for many homeowners. Mosquitoes, even ones that don’t carry harmful diseases, can disrupt a peaceful, enjoyable spring or summer respite by driving both people and pets inside for shelter. But as the weather turns warmer, everyone wants to be outdoors enjoying the summer activities we missed during the winter months. Don’t let the threat of mosquitoes keep you inside this season. Take back control of your backyard with a call to the professionals at Mosquito Joe. They offer a variety of services—barrier spraying, natural treatments, misting systems—that will help you enjoy your backyard and make the outdoors fun again!

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What Temperature Kills Mosquitoes?

You’re ready to head outdoors, but before you do, you make sure to spray your clothes with insect repellant and light a citronella candle. After all, you don’t want to come home covered in mosquito bites. But do you have to worry about mosquitoes all year long? If you’re itching to know what temperature kills mosquitoes, keep reading to find out.

Cold Weather: A Mosquito’s Kryptonite

There’s a reason you mainly experience mosquito bites during the warmer months: these buzzing insects can’t survive cold weather. Once summer passes, you notice fewer of them on your daily walks. You can finally go to the pond without these blood-suckers attacking you. But just how cold must it get to kill mosquitoes?

Mosquito season in the United States begins in early spring and ends with the first freeze. As temperatures start to drop, mosquitoes become more lethargic. They are cold-blooded beings, which means they are unable to regulate their body temperature. This is why cold weather is a mosquito’s worst enemy.

Like many other creatures, mosquitoes hibernate in the colder months. But at what temperature do mosquitoes die? According to WebMD, the magic number seems to be around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Or, that’s the temperature at which mosquitoes can no longer function.

Mosquito Eggs and Freezing Weather

It’s only logical to assume that if most mosquitoes die in cold weather, their eggs must also perish. Oh, if it were only that simple. Mosquito eggs seem to be quite resilient. Before diving in any deeper, it’s important to learn about a mosquito’s life cycle.

The average mosquito only lives about 2-3 months, and males die well before females. That’s not very much time to annoy humans, transmit disease, or reproduce, but these insects manage to get it all done. In the end, it’s not a lack of food or water that usually kills these insects. Most of the time, it’s due to their short lifespan or a sudden change in the weather.

Does freezing kill mosquitoes? Not necessarily. As long as the temperature remains above 50 degrees, the female should have enough energy to lay her eggs. And if she goes into hibernation before it freezes, a lucky female mosquito may live to see the next season.

Thankfully, however, not all mosquito species fare this well. Only mosquitoes from the genera Anopheles, Culex, and Culiseta hibernate in the winter. The rest just lay their eggs, say their goodbyes, and perish in the freezing weather.

What about her eggs? Mosquito eggs can withstand freezing temperatures. The eggs will survive the winter and emerge as temperatures rise. Even after a polar vortex, you can still expect baby mosquitoes to hatch during the spring.

What to Expect as Temperatures Rise

Winter doesn’t last forever, and the decrease in mosquito bites you enjoy during the colder months is only temporary. As the weather begins to warm back up, new mosquitoes will hatch and you can expect them to have an insatiable hunger for your blood.

Warmer weather doesn’t mean you have to suffer through another itchy mosquito season. Mosquito Joe can help stop mosquitoes before they get out of control. We have effective mosquito solutions to keep your family protected. Visit our website or call 1-855-275-2563 to learn how our barrier spray treatment will keep your yard mosquito-free all year long.

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Can Dogs Get Mosquito Bites?

As you take your dog for a walk in the park, you can’t help but notice his thick, impenetrable fur coat. This fur protects him from the sun and keeps him warm during the winter. But there’s one question that you can’t quite seem to figure out: Can dogs get mosquito bites?

Yes, they can. And just like humans, these bites cause aggravating symptoms and sometimes devastating illness. There are many reasons why you should watch out for mosquito bites on your furry friend.

Symptoms of Mosquito Bites on Dogs

If you thought your dog’s fur provided some protection against mosquitoes, you were partially correct. Mosquitoes look for easy targets, and navigating the thick hair of a Chow-Chow isn’t worth the effort. So, where do mosquitoes bite dogs? These insects are more likely to target exposed skin. The most common places on a dog that mosquitoes bite are ears, belly, and nose. Unfortunately, your hairless chihuahua is a prime target all over.

Can Dogs Get Mosquito Bite Bumps?

Yes, they can. Mosquito bites on pets look very similar to those on us, forming raised, red welts, and, unfortunately, are often very itchy. You may notice your pet frantically scratching one particular spot. Some bites cause skin irritation or temporary hair loss. In most cases, however, your dog will recover quickly. The itching usually subsides after a few days and the welt typically resolves on its own.

Dangers of Mosquito Bites and Dogs

Are mosquito bites on dogs dangerous? Most of the time, no. A mosquito bite will simply annoy your dog for a few days. Some vets recommend applying an antihistamine ointment to help control the itch. You can also try a cold compress to provide additional relief. It probably won’t be long before your dog is back to his old self again.

However, that isn’t always the case. Mosquitoes can transmit dangerous, sometimes deadly diseases such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus to your dog. Thankfully, these diseases are very rare, but if you notice any concerning symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, or fever, report them to your vet right away.

Can Dogs Get Heartworms from Mosquito Bites?

Yes, and it’s quite common. It only takes a single bite by a mosquito infected with heartworm larvae for your dog to get sick. Heartworms are very dangerous. The adult worms may travel to your pet’s heart or lungs, causing blood clots, respiratory distress, or organ failure. If left untreated, heartworm disease may prove fatal.

How to Prevent Mosquitoes from Biting Your Dog

Mosquito bites are no fun for anyone, and your dog is no exception. Here are some tips to protect your pets from mosquitoes:

  • Get your dog on a preventative heartworm treatment.
  • Spray freshly squeezed lemon juice on your dog’s fur before heading outdoors. Be careful—citronella and certain essential oils are harmful to pets.
  • Install window screens and storm doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.
  • Schedule a barrier spray treatment from Mosquito Joe to rid your property of mosquitoes.
  • Dress your pet in a doggie shirt or jacket to deter hungry mosquitoes.
  • Remove sources of standing, stagnant water from your yard.

 

Keeping your pets and family safe from mosquitoes starts at home. At Mosquito Joe, we offer pet-safe ways to eliminate these insects before they become a problem. Connect with us online or call 1-855-275-2563 to learn more about our barrier sprays and natural treatments.

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