Controlling and Destroying Those Bloodsuckers
I hate mosquitoes! They seem to be everywhere this summer! What in the world are mosquitoes good for anyway?
Mosquitoes are eaten by lots of other animals. Mosquitoes really contol human populations by killing 3 million people a year, making them the most dangerous animal in the world. And they provide lots of jobs for lots of people!
There are 49 different species of mosquitoes found in Connecticut ! We all know they are very annoying and the itching and scratching can cause welts and bleeding, but they can cause various illnesses found in the US including West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Jamestown Canyon Virus. The State of Connecticut monitors mosquitoes for diseases. So far this year’s testing of 60,000 skeeters in 70 towns has found West Nile carrying mosquitoes in 2 towns, but the summer is young. In past years West Nile virus mosquitoes have been found in over 20 Connecticut towns, so no town is immune.
I am tired of getting bitten this summer. I can’t even enjoy my yard. So what can we do to control and destroy those bloodsuckers? What really works ?
Controlling the Skeeters
One of the best ways to stop mosquitoes from biting is to understand a little about their biology and behavior. I was surprised to learn mosquitoes don’t need your blood for food. They get their food from flower nectar. But the female needs your blood for protein that her eggs need for development, so it’s only the females that bite.
She doesn’t bite exactly she saws into your skin and she siphons off your blood. Both males and females make a buzzing sound caused by the beating of their wings. But you don’t often hear the male because he is not coming around you to bite. Continue reading