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Are You Attracting Mosquitoes?

June 10, 2010

Mosquitoes have complex methods of detecting hosts.  Different types of mosquitoes react to different stimuli.  Most mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, but there are also mosquitoes that seek hosts during the day. 

What Mosquitoes Like:

1.  Dark Clothing.  Many mosquitoes use vision to locate hosts from a distance.  Dark clothing and foliage are initial attractants.

2.  Carbon Dioxide.  More carbon dioxide is given off when you are hot or have been exercising.  A burning candle and fire are other sources that give off carbon dioxide.

3.  Lactic Acid.  More lactic acid is released after you exercise or eat certain foods (salty foods, high potassium foods).

4.  Floral or Fruity Fragrances.  In addition to perfumes, hair products, and scented sunscreens, watch for the subtle floral fragrance from fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

5.  Skin Temperature.  The exact temperature depends on the type of mosquito.  Many mosquitoes are attracted to the slightly cooler temperatures of the extremities.

6.  Moisture.  Mosquitoes are attracted by perspiration because of the chemicals it contains and also because it increases the humidity around your body.  Even small amounts of water (like moist plants or mud puddles), will draw mosquitoes.  Standing water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about the health of you and your family.  Do you have any tips about keeping mosquitoes away?  Share them with us!

For more information on healthy green living, please log on to greencleancertified.com or maidbrigade.com.

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