Summer is nearly here and with it brings outdoor fun like pool parties, backyard barbeques, hiking, camping, and more. Summer is the perfect time to go out and play in the warm sun, however, it’s also when one of the most annoying and dangerous creatures comes out to bug humans. Mosquitoes, much like barbeques and pool parties, are a staple of summertime. Having mosquito bites and bad sunburns are the unofficial sign that summer has started, letting dads everywhere know it’s time to fire up the grill. In today’s blog, Amtech Personalized Pest Management, the best pest control company in Brookfield, will go over a few mosquito facts to help you elude the troublesome pests this summer.
They’re The Only Natural Predator Of Humans
While predators like sharks, bears, lions, and more may dominate headlines and our worst fears, these animals don’t actively seek out humans as a food source. In fact, most try and stay away from humans as much as possible. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, do everything they can to find humans. Mosquitoes use humans as a food source, biting us with their long mouths and drinking our blood. While humans aren’t mosquitoes’ only food source, and some species actually prefer other animals or livestock for their meals, they are the only animals that naturally feed on humans.
They’re The World’s Deadliest Animal
Again, when someone says the world’s deadliest animal, you may think of a great white shark, a towering grizzly bear, or a snarling lion. However, like a large purple alien with a thing for jewelry once said, reality is often disappointing. The lowly mosquito poses much more of a threat to animals, especially humans, than just about any other animal. Because mosquitoes drink blood, they carry many serious and possibly deadly diseases, such as Malaria, the Zika virus, Dengue Fever, and more. While most mosquito bites are nonfatal, every now and then they can cause major problems.
They’re All Around The World
Much like Daft Punk, mosquitos are around the world. If that song is now stuck in your head every time someone mentions mosquitoes we’re sorry. To get back on topic, mosquitoes can be found on just about every continent around the world. Scientists estimate that there are more than 3,000 different species of mosquitoes buzzing around all over the planet. As we said before, not all mosquitoes see humans as a three-course meal, but with more than 3,000 different varieties, the odds are high there are some mosquitoes that just can’t wait to have you for dinner this summer.
They’ve Been Around Since The Dinosaurs
For any Jurassic Park fans reading this, you already may know this fact. But for those who don’t like movies about dinosaurs, mosquitoes have been around since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. To be exact, mosquitoes can be dated as far back as the Triassic Period, which was the first part of the Mesozoic Era around 251 – 199 million years ago. The Triassic saw the rise of new and diversified life outside of the ocean and occurred after the great mass extinction of the Permian Period. Hard to believe? Well, the proof is in the pudding, or rather the primordial soup, as fossils of ancient mosquitoes have been found all over the world.
They Don’t Have Very Long Lifespans
While mosquitoes have been around for millions of years, their individual lifespans aren’t as impressive. Like a lot of pesky insects, mosquitoes live quick lives. It’s estimated that mosquitoes, on average, live less than two months. To put that into perspective, the first six seasons of HBO’s Game of Thrones lasted about two and a half months each, meaning that mosquito buzzing around your head probably never enjoyed the glory days of one of the greatest shows ever created.
Mosquitoes are some of the most dangerous pests to human beings around. Be sure to protect you and your family this summer when you’re outside during peak mosquito hours. When you need expert pest control in Brookfield or the surrounding areas, be sure to use the best pest control company around at Amtech Personalized Pest Management. Learn more about our pest control services, see what sets our pest control company apart from the rest, or contact Amtech to answer any questions and set up your home inspection today.