The Dangers of Mosquitoes

Getting bitten by a mosquito is something you expect when you jet off somewhere hot. But as temperatures rise around the globe, the chances of getting bitten by a mosquito in the UK have risen. What are the dangers of mosquitoes and are we at risk in the UK? 

There are mosquitoes in the UK. 

Believe it or not, the UK is home to more than 30 types of native mosquito species. The more warm and humid weather we have, the more the UK becomes the perfect breeding ground.  

Did I see a mosquito in my house? 

Probably not. According to the BPCA, most of the ‘mosquitoes’ we think we see are harmless crane flies. You can identify mosquitoes because they are much smaller, have long, thin legs, large eyes, and a long proboscis (the thing they suck you blood with).  

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They breed fast and mature quickly 

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. The eggs becomes small brown larvae which become pupae within days, then after that, it only takes another few days for the adult to emerge. Adult females feast on human or animal blood as soon as they can because they need it to produce eggs.  

Their bites can be deadly 

As you probably already know, one of the main dangers of mosquitoes is their bites. In tropical areas, mosquitoes transmit deadly diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, and malaria through their bites. In the UK, disease is not an issue, but a mosquito bite can be very itchy and uncomfortable. You’re most likely to get bitten at dusk.  

Am I at risk of getting bitten? 

Research studies have shown that mosquitoes are attracted to some people more than others. No, you’re not just unlucky!  

There are several things that attract them including; 

Your blood type: Studies have found that mosquitoes like people with Type O blood.  

Carbon dioxide: Mosquitoes can detect the carbon dioxide we breathe out, so if you are exercising outdoors, you’re pregnant, or you’re a larger person, you’ll be a target because you produce more carbon dioxide.  

Colours: Researchers at the University of Washington found that mosquitoes were most attracted to colours like red and black.  

How can I get rid of mosquitoes?  

  • Put fly screens over your windows if you need to keep them open in warmer weather; 
  • Get rid of any standing water and clean guttering, water butts, and bird baths out regularly. These are all popular breeding sites.  

If that doesn’t solve the problem and your summer evening picnics are being ruined by mosquitoes, call in professional pest control. Professional technicians have the know-how and experience to get rid of problem insects and access to the most effective products that aren’t available to the public.  

Fly spray just not cutting it? 

Call Contego for an end to your mosquito problem!  

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