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Where are mosquitoes found?

Mosquitoes are found throughout the U.S. although some species are more common in certain regions. One of these, the Asian tiger mosquito, is found primarily in the South although it has moved into the northeast over the past few years. Asian tiger mosquitoes are unique in that they feed during the... more
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Are mosquitoes more attracted to some people over others?

Yes. Studies have shown that certain factors have an effect on how attractive a person is to mosquitoes. Some of these, such as wearing dark colored clothing or perfume, can easily be avoided. Other factors like blood type, body temperature and the presence of naturally occurring bacteria on skin... more
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Are mosquitoes dangerous?

Yes. Many people are bitten by mosquitoes with no side effects except the typical itchy welt. However, mosquitoes can be vectors for many diseases. If a mosquito feeds off a diseased host, some can transmit pathogens that can infect other hosts it subsequently bites. In the U.S., mosquitoes are... more
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Do mosquitoes only feed on blood?

Only female mosquitoes bite and feed on humans. They need a blood meal in order to lay fertile eggs. Most species of mosquitoes breed continuously, so a female will search for a blood meal approximately every two days in order to lay another batch of eggs. However, both male and female mosquitoes... more
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What does a mosquito look like?

Mosquitoes are very small, about 1/8 - 3/8" long. They have six legs and long mouthparts called a proboscis. Their coloring varies from grey to black with some having white, green or blue markings. Individually, mosquitoes are very difficult to spot as they fly because of their small size and... more
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Protection from Biting Insects

What is the best way to protect myself from biting insects while working outdoors this summer? Mosquitoes, ticks and other biting pests are more than just an itchy nuisance— they can even spread disease. So, protecting yourself from bug bites is an essential part of on-the-job safety.... more
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Take steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors

Use screens on windows and doors. Repair holes in screens to keep mosquitoes outdoors. Use air conditioning, if available. Stop mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water. Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items that hold water, such as tires, buckets,... more
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Are You a Mosquito Magnet?

You’re trying your best to enjoy an evening cookout, but a constant swarm of mosquitoes follow you from your grill. The threat? A pierce to your skin, leaving behind an itchy red welt and possibly even a serious illness. As you swat madly at the pests, you notice that others seem completely... more
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Tips to Prevent Mosquitoes from Breeding

Follow these tips to prevent mosquitoes from breeding around your home: Drill holes in the bottom, not the sides, of any garbage or recycling containers stored outdoors. Holes on the sides still allow enough water to accumulate in the bottom for mosquitoes to breed. Keep gutters clean and... more
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Burn some sage to get rid of mosquitoes

Burning sage is often used to “cleanse” a room or get rid of bad vibes, but it’s also a useful mosquito repellent.  Sage is about 40 percent effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay, which is better than nothing. But if you really want to keep the little pests away, burning thyme was found to... more
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