Why Mosquitoes In San Tan Valley Bite
September 24, 2021
Some summers are worse than others when it comes to mosquitoes. This has to do with how much rainfall the San Tan Valley gets each spring. Mosquitoes will lay their eggs in water and the sticky casings will adhere to whatever they can at the surface. Once the water rises, this triggers the spawning response and they emerge. We only average ten inches of rain per year, which is well below the national average of 38 inches per year. This doesn’t seem to deter the mosquitos. They still seem to thrive here.
Mosquitoes Common To Arizona
There are several types of mosquitoes in the area, but these seven are the ones that we need to worry about in the San Tan Valley:
Western encephalitis mosquito
Southern house mosquito
Yellow fever mosquito
Western malaria mosquito
Inland floodwater mosquito
Dark rice field mosquito
Asian tiger mosquito
Mosquitoes are very common on every continent, except Antarctica. There are 3,500 known types of mosquitoes worldwide, however, not all of them bite or spread disease. Most of them are just annoying, preferring to spend their time buzzing around your head. Day or night, it does not matter to them. It only takes a few of them to start an outbreak in a community, potentially making hundreds of people sick.
They can be found anywhere humans, birds, animals or reptiles are thriving. They are attracted to sweet smells, exhaled carbon dioxide, dark-colored clothing, pregnant women, and type O blood is their favorite. Their life span is only between two and four weeks, so they are all work and no play.
Contrary to common belief, not all mosquitoes bite or suck blood. In fact less than half of the mosquito population does. They lay their eggs in water and when they hatch, the larvae consume algae and microorganisms found there. Adult mosquitoes eat nectar, aphid honeydew & plant juices. It’s only the females that include a blood meal in their diet.
So Why Do They Need My Blood?
Female mosquitoes need your blood in order to lay eggs. The amino acids and proteins in your blood give them what they need to produce the genetic material. An adult female mosquito usually lays 100 eggs per cycle. Since the females can mate almost immediately after emerging from their pupal casings the population growth is very rapid. The average female lays about a thousand eggs during her life cycle.
The Best Way To Protect My Family
The threat mosquitoes pose is real and should be taken seriously. Besides itchy red welts on your skin, they can potentially carry a multitude of dangerous diseases. Here are some ways to prevent mosquitoes from gathering on your property and using your family as a food truck:
Remove standing or stagnant water, it is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Ponds, unattended birdbaths, potted plants with saucers, clogged gutters, old tires, and basically any vessel that could hold water could have mosquito eggs.
Remove leaf mold or any type of damp decaying plant matter. Hedges, shrubs, and grass should be trimmed regularly.
Do not leave your pet’s water bowls out overnight.
Wear long-sleeved light-colored clothing.
Contact pest control company.
By the time you have noticed a mosquito issue on your San Tan Valley property, you already have a problem. A quarterly service from All Clear Pest Control will ensure that you never have trouble to begin with. We will not only keep your home free of year-round pests but we will also preemptively protect your property from the seasonal invasion of mosquitoes. Call for a free mosquito service estimate today.