How Fast Are Mosquitoes? How Fast Do Mosquitoes Multiply?

 
One of the best ways to effectively deal with pests is to learn more about them. In the case of mosquitoes, learning how fast a mosquito can fly, how fast mosquitoes multiply, and what mosquito larvae look like can help you figure out ways to effectively keep these buzzing, blood-sucking pests from ruining your outdoor fun.

How Fast Can a Mosquito Fly?

Mosquitoes sometimes seem impossible to swat. They tend to be there one moment and gone the next. So how fast are mosquitoes? You may be surprised to learn that mosquitoes aren’t super speedy insects. They fly at about 1.5 miles per hour. They’re slower than other flying insects like flies and bees. Unfortunately, they’re still fast enough to make swatting at them an exercise in frustration.

How Fast Do Mosquitoes’ Wings Flap?

Though you might not appreciate it while swatting and slapping at mosquitoes, their wings are pretty amazing. Mosquitoes can flap their wings up to 800 times per second. So, if they flap their wings so rapidly, why aren’t they faster?

A lot of that lightning-speed flapping is not for propulsion but for communication. A study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that when male mosquitoes fly, they emit a low-frequency sound; when female mosquitoes fly, they create a high-frequency noise. This is how they find each other via their antennae, which pick up the sound vibrations. The communication eventually leads to a lot of mosquito eggs. The question of how fast mosquito wings flap is related to how they communicate and breed—it’s all connected.

Related Topic: The Life Cycle of a Mosquito

Mosquito Larvae: How Fast Do Mosquitoes Multiply?

To get rid of mosquitoes, you need to understand their life cycle. How fast do mosquitoes multiply? The answer is: It varies.

Here’s the mosquito life cycle, from eggs to mosquito larvae to adult mosquitoes:

  1. Eggs. Female mosquitoes lay hundreds of eggs every few days throughout their adult life. They lay the eggs on or near water. Water is required for the eggs to hatch. Mosquito eggs can lie unhatched through dry or cold periods and hatch when the conditions are right. If there’s enough water and it’s warm enough, mosquito eggs hatch in about 48 hours.
  2. Mosquito larvae. At this stage, the mosquito larvae swim around, eating, growing, and molting. Mosquito larvae in water are often called “wigglers” or “rollers” because of the way they move.
  3. Pupae. After molting four times, mosquito larvae become pupae. They’re hard to kill at this stage since they don’t eat and tend to hide when the water is disturbed. This stage lasts for about four days but can vary depending on the temperature of the water.
  4. Adult. After the pupal stage, the mosquito has grown and developed into an adult mosquito. It rises to the water’s surface and, when ready, flies off to start the cycle again.

What Does Mosquito Larvae Look Like?

Being able to identify mosquito larvae can help in your efforts to control mosquitoes in your yard. So, what do mosquito larvae look like? They look like tiny, ¼-inch, hairy worms squiggling in the water they hatched in. They’ll often be near the surface of the water and will dive down deeper if the water is disturbed.

This is one of the easiest stages of mosquito development to control. If you eliminate the water they need to survive; you’ll stop the life cycle before the mosquitoes can grow to adulthood.

How to Kill Mosquito Larvae

If you’re wondering how to kill mosquito larvae, there are several things to try, including:

  • Eliminating or emptying areas where water can collect. This includes pet bowls, bird baths, children’s toys, watering cans, and swimming pools.
  • Cleaning your gutters. Clogged gutters allow water to collect. Since they’re rarely disturbed, it’s an ideal mosquito breeding ground.
  • Pruning or cutting down overgrown plants. The shady, moist environment created by overgrown plants can create hatching spots for mosquito eggs.
  • Using mosquito dunks in ponds or other vessels. These contain Bt, which kills the mosquito larvae after they eat it.

For a solution that will protect every area of your yard, consider Mosquito Joe’s mosquito-repelling barrier sprays, where our certified technicians will work to eliminate mosquitoes at every stage of their life cycle.

Got Mosquitoes? Get Help

Understanding the mosquito and its life cycle can help you battle this pest effectively, which will allow you to enjoy the outdoors more often during warmer weather. However, keeping up the fight can sometimes be an overwhelming task, especially if you have a large area to cover with a lot of plants and shrubs. If you need expert help to take back your outdoor fun, contact your local Mosquito Joe. We can help you win the battle with perimeter pests control, gnat control, and natural barrier treatments that can help keep pests away for up to 30 days. Call (855) 275-2563 or request a quote online today.

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Mosquito Repellant Coils: Do They Work?

 
Nothing ruins a fun backyard get-together quicker than mosquitoes. They are annoying and can also transmit diseases that are harmful to both humans and pets. One-way homeowners can combat this outdoor onslaught is to install Mosquito repellant coils. These coils are some of the most common products homeowners buy to deter mosquitoes. These coils, which smolder and emit smoke repel mosquitoes from the area, have a few drawbacks you should consider.

Do Mosquito Coils Work?

Mosquito coils are flattened coils that contain ingredients that repel mosquitos and components that bind it all together and help it burn at a slow, steady rate. Most mosquito coils are pyrethrin-based, though others contain citronella oil or a blend of repellent ingredients.

The coils work like incense. You either hang the coil or attach it to a stake in a secure location, then light the end. The coil burns slowly, from the outer edge to the center, emitting smoke that will either confuse or eliminate mosquitoes, depending on the type of coil used.

But do mosquito coils work? The smoke emitted from the coils can be effective, but very limited. The coils only cover a small area, and if it’s breezy, the smoke will drift away, leaving you unprotected.

Related Topic: Mosquito Vision: Can Mosquitoes See?

Are Mosquito Coils Harmful to Health?

While the components of mosquito coils are all-natural, it’s still valid to wonder about the overall safety of using them. There have been a few studies that have focused on the mosquito coil’s harmful effects.

Here are some of the top mosquito coil safety concerns for humans and pets:

  • One study published in Environmental Health Perspectives indicated that some of the most popular brands of mosquito coils give off smoke that contains known or possible carcinogens, including formaldehyde.
  • The same study notes that the fine and ultra-fine particulate matter in the smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, and lungs.
  • Mosquito coils can also be a fire hazard. Almost every year there are news stories about fires resulting from unattended mosquito coils or coils that have been knocked onto flammable items. If you have kids and pets, you know how easily things can get bumped into and knocked over.

While mosquito coils can be effective for repelling mosquitoes, other options are just as, if not more, effective. Covering as much exposed skin as possible, planting naturally mosquito-repellent plants, such as citronella and lemongrass, and using protective items like screen tents can help.

Your local Mosquito Joe offers natural barrier sprays that are the easiest solution to your mosquito problem. They help keep mosquitoes away for up to 30 days, giving you peace of mind and more time to enjoy the outdoors.

Mosquito Solutions for Your Yard

Enjoying some backyard time while keeping your family and pets itch-free and safe from mosquitoes is possible. Your local Mosquito Joe is ready to help with both traditional treatments and natural barrier treatments that can help make the outdoors fun again! To get started, call us at 1-855-274-2563 or request a quote online today.

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Do Flea Collars Work?

 
Warmer weather offers the opportunity to spend more time outside with loved ones and pets. But the increase in temperature also leads to more pesky insects like ticks and fleas in your yard. Like many homeowners with furry friends, you may be wondering, “do flea and tick collars work to protect my pets?” Fortunately, a wide range of flea and tick collar varieties are available to keep your pets safe through flea and tick prevention.

How Do Flea Collars Work?

There are different versions of flea collars, and each works a little bit differently.

Typically, flea collars are made of plastic and do one of two things: repel fleas or eliminate them outright. Some collars may only provide one function, while others may do both. Either way, the insecticide must be involved for fleas to be repelled or eliminated.

Flea collars that release a strong odor around your pet’s neck repel fleas through the gas coming from the collar. These types of collars tend to be less effective because they only prevent fleas in the area around the pet’s neck, not their entire body.

Other flea collars are designed to release a small dose of active insecticide onto your pet’s fur, slowly spreading across their skin over time and with movement. When fleas and ticks encounter these active ingredients, they are poisoned on contact.

Another type of flea collar releases an insecticide that absorbs into your pet’s fatty skin layer. This causes fleas to die only after your pet is bitten.

Depending on the collar, the active ingredients could include:

  • Flumethrin
  • Imidacloprid
  • Permethrin
  • Tetrachlorvinphos

Related Topic: How to Remove a Tick from a Dog

How Well Does a Flea Collar Work?

There’s much debate on how effective flea and tick collars are. They can be an appropriate preventative measure against fleas and ticks but may not be the best solution for every situation.

Although flea collars are not highly effective when used alone, combining them with other flea control offers better pet protection. For best results using flea collars, experts recommend selecting a brand that contains IGRs (insect growth regulators). IGRs ensure that flea larva doesn’t mature into adult fleas. This keeps flea infestations from reoccurring, as they can do when using a collar that only targets adult fleas and not the larva.

If you’re curious about the effectiveness of a specific flea collar, visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more about the product.

Flea and Tick Collar Safety

If flea collars work by emitting chemicals, are they safe for your pets and home?

Sometimes it can seem like a double-edged sword to protect pets in a safe manner when eliminating pests. Insecticides are necessary to repel and eliminate fleas and ticks, but large doses for an extended time may cause more harm than good.

For example, flea collars containing organophosphates can cause a toxic reaction in pets and people when exposed to them for a long time.

Additionally, permethrin flea collars, which cost less, can be harmful to cats. Felines tend to be more sensitive to permethrin than other mammals like dogs are. In fact, some cats are so sensitive that they can react to permethrin even after casual contact with a dog that’s been treated with it.

There’s even a risk of permethrin overdose when pet owners place flea collars designed for dogs onto a cat. These products can have up to 45% more permethrin than needed to protect your cat. Signs your cat may be having an adverse reaction to a flea and tick treatment include tremors, seizures, and, in some cases, death.

Is a Flea Collar Right for Your Pet?

Most flea collars are recommended for dogs, but do flea collars work on cats too? Yes, there are flea collars that are appropriate for felines, but keep an eye out for any reactions your cat may experience to a new collar. Because they have an increased sensitivity to some flea collar ingredients, cats have a greater risk of skin irritation and other reactions.

Speaking to your veterinarian about choosing the proper flea collar for your pet is highly recommended. Any flea collar can pose some danger to a household with multiple pets, as they may lick or chew each other’s collars, resulting in toxic exposure. But your veterinarian can help you minimize risks and reactions by finding the best collars to meet your household’s needs.

Advantages of flea and tick collars include:

  • Ease of use. Topical flea protection often requires an application and drying time, but with a flea collar, you can protect your pet in the time it takes to secure the collar.
  • Cost-effective. Typically, flea collars provide up to six months of protection at a reasonable price.
  • 24/7 protection. Flea collars stay with your pet and deliver consistent protection.
  • No prescription is required. Most flea and tick collars can be purchased over the counter without a prescription from the vet.

Do Flea Collars Kill Fleas?

Flea and tick collars are designed to kill most fleas and repel ticks. Depending on the type of collar you have, it may only kill adult fleas and not flea eggs (larva) or young fleas (pupa).

It is also worth noting that some flea collars only emitting an odor around the neck are ineffective at killing or repelling fleas, not in the immediate area around the collar.

Flea and Tick Prevention for Your Pets

If your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, flea and tick collars can be a useful tool to keep them safe. While these collars provide some level of protection for pets, they may also raise concerns when you consider the repellant is in direct contact with your pet and easily accessible to children.

If you have such concerns, there is a better alternative. Your local Mosquito Joe offers traditional and natural barrier spray treatments to help keep fleas and ticks off your pets so you can all enjoy your outdoor time. To learn more about how to protect your family and household pets from fleas and ticks, give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or find a location near you.

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How to Detect Ticks: Can You Feel a Tick Bite?

 
As the temperatures warm up, tick bites become a concern for families who enjoy outdoor activities. Detecting a tick early and removing the tick properly from the bite area is crucial to preventing tick-borne diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

But how does a tick bite look and feel? And what are the best ways to detect and remove ticks to avoid illness? Here’s what you need to know to keep your family and pets safe through tick bite detection and prevention.

Can You Feel a Tick on You?

Can you feel ticks on your body? Unfortunately, the answer in many cases is no. When ticks are in the nymph stage during spring and early summer, they’re the size of a poppy seed, making them nearly impossible to feel. Detecting them requires super-close examination, and, even then, a tick can be in a place you can’t see on your own. That’s why it’s wise to have a friend or loved one scan for ticks after being outside, especially in places on your body that you can’t see.

As ticks grow larger, it may be easier to feel them moving on your skin, but there’s no guarantee. A tick crawling on your body can feel like a slight tickle—it’s a sensation that can be easily missed if you aren’t checking for them. You’re more likely to find it by seeing it crawling on you or on someone else.

To feel a tick on you (especially after it’s bitten you and is embedded on your skin), run your hands over the areas of your body where ticks are likely to crawl or bite, including:

  • Under the arms
  • Inside the belly button
  • On the back of the knees
  • In and around the ears
  • Between legs
  • On the scalp or in your hair

Related Topic: What Are the Best Essential Oils to Repel Ticks?

What Does a Tick Bite Feel Like?

Unlike bites from mosquitoes and other bugs, tick bites do not typically cause immediate skin irritation or itching sensation. At the site of the bite, the tick injects its saliva, which contains a numbing agent called kinases, enabling the insect to avoid detection while it feeds on human blood. So, you may not feel a thing at the moment a tick bites you. Many individuals with Lyme disease were not even aware they experienced the bite until symptoms of the disease emerged well after the tick was gone.

So how does a tick bite look and feel? The answer depends on the type of tick and your personal reaction. Lesions can vary in appearance, size, and feeling. In most cases, a bite that does not carry a tick-borne illness will resemble a mosquito bite without extensive itching or pain and will fade within a couple of days.

Here are some of the different tick bites and reactions that are cause for concern:

  • Redness or rash around the skin indicating inflammation and possible infection
  • Bulls-eye rash—a telltale sign of a tick bite; this can indicate a potential infection of Lyme disease
  • Bite area with a tick still attached and its head burrowed into the skin
  • Fever, chills, aches, and pains, can be signs of a tick-borne illness

Related Topic: How to Properly Check and Remove Ticks from Your Pets

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above or have a tick attached to you, contact a medical professional who will have the proper tools to remove the tick safely. Once removed, the tick can be tested for disease to ensure you receive any necessary treatment.

One way to keep ticks at bay and your family and pets safe are to contact your local Mosquito Joe. Our service professionals will provide an effective, long-lasting barrier treatment to keep ticks out of your yard for up to thirty days. To learn more about our pest control services, including our natural barrier treatments, call 1-855-275-2563 today or request an estimate online today.

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What Attracts No-see-ums to an Area and How to Repel Them?

 
Outdoors, and no-see-ums are generally attracted to wet areas. Whether saltwater, freshwater, or brackish water doesn’t really seem to matter; they love all of it. No-see-ums can also find their way inside your home.

No-see-ums can get right in your face and definitely be a nuisance, but some species actually bite, injecting saliva that can cause irritation, pain, and itchiness along with annoying red bumps. For some, these bites are merely annoyances but for others, they can cause painful long-lasting lesions.

Read on to learn what no-see-ums are attracted to so you can take steps to keep them away.

What Are No-See-Ums Attracted To?

If you live in an area near water or a swamp, you’re more likely to experience no-see-ums. No-see-ums may find their way into your home after being attracted to your outside environment. There are, however, other common no-see-um attractants.

The most common of these include:

  • Carbon dioxide. This is part of why no-see-ums seem to appear out of nowhere the moment you step outdoors. Every time you exhale, you release carbon dioxide, which is one of the primary things that attracts no-see-ums.
  • Heat, including body heat. No-see-ums are also attracted to heat, and your body emits plenty of that.
  • Body odor. There’s also evidence that odors attract no-see-ums, and that one of the most attractive smells is body odor and perspiration.
  • Perfumes. There’s also some evidence that perfumes attract no-see-ums as well.

Now that we’ve covered the possible reasons you may be experiencing a no-see-um problem, let’s dive into how you can repel them.

What Do No-see-ums Hate?

Luckily, there are a few things that repel no-see-ums. So, what are the best insect repellants for no-see-ums? Consider having some of these items on hand if no-see-ums have been an issue for you in the past:

  • Essential oils (and sprays and lotions made from them) include camphor, eucalyptus, lemon, and mint. You can also purchase sprays or candles made with these oils to apply or use in your yard or diffuse in your home.
  • Insect-repellent sprays. These both repel no-see-ums (as well as other insects) and disguise your natural body odor. Try spraying this around doors and windows to dissuade no-see-ums from entering your home.
  • Lotions containing picaridin, which repels no-see-ums for between eight and 14 hours.
  • Sprays contain permethrin, which is also an effective repellent for many other insects.
  • Devices that emit allethrin, can help repel no-see-ums from your yard or patio.

Related Topic: How to Get Rid of Allergens and Pests in Your Home

What Do No-see-um Bites Look Like?

Some species of no-see-ums can bite, and similar to mosquitoes, it’s the females that cause the bites. No-see-um bites look like clusters of little red dots on your skin. While they can stay small, they often swell, enlarging to one to two inches in diameter, and can become painful and tender.

For some, these bites last several weeks. In general, most no-see-um bites will itch for at least three or four days, though larger or more tender legions can cause discomfort for quite a bit longer.

To treat no-see-um bites, wash the area with soap and water and then rub with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide. You can also apply hydrocortisone or calamine lotions to soothe the pain and itchiness. If it’s very uncomfortable, apply ice a few times per day until the discomfort goes away.

How to Get Rid of No-see-ums

No-see-ums are more than just annoying; they can cause actual pain and discomfort. One of the best ways to deal with these pests is to take preventative steps. Your local pest control pros at Mosquito Joe can help. We offer traditional and natural barrier sprays that effectively help keep pests, like no-see-ums away, for up to thirty days. To learn more or to get started, call us at 1-855-275-2563 or schedule an appointment online today.

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