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What Atlanta Mosquitoes Eat & Other Mosquito Facts

If you were to venture a guess, what do you think mosquitoes eat? Was your answer blood? We can understand why you might think this. But do you know that mosquitoes actually eat nectar and plant sap? In fact, a female mosquito will stick her pointed mouthparts right into the stem of a plant and suck the sap out like she would suck blood out of your skin. So, why on earth do mosquitoes bite humans and draw blood? Male mosquitoes don't. They only eat nectar and sap. Female mosquitoes draw a blood meal for the purpose of creating eggs. Blood provides the essential proteins and nutrients for egg production. Without blood, mosquitoes wouldn't be able to reproduce. Want to hear a few more interesting facts about mosquitoes? Take a look below.

Why Do Mosquitoes Exist?

It is easy to think of mosquitoes as nothing more than irritating and potentially dangerous pests, but do you know that they actually have a very important role to play in the world's ecosystem. When female mosquitoes lay eggs in water, the eggs and the larvae that emerge are food for fish and other aquatic animals. When the mosquitoes develop into adults and take to the air, they become a food source for frogs, birds, bats, and many other animals. If this isn't enough to want mosquitoes around, they also help with pollination because, as we pointed out, they fly from flower to flower, eating nectar.

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How Likely Am I To Get Sick From A Mosquito-borne Disease?

Not every mosquito that bites you is carrying a transmittable disease. As many as 80 percent of people who contract diseases are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. Only a small percentage of people have severe or life-threatening symptoms.

What Attracts Mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are first drawn to carbon dioxide emissions. When they draw close, they'll lock onto other attractants, such as:

  • Warm skin
  • Skin with perspiration on it
  • Individuals who have been consuming alcohol
  • Individuals who have dark clothing on
  • Individuals who have a higher level of uric acid, lactic acid, or ammonia, which is released by bacteria that live in skin tissue.

How Do I Keep Mosquitoes Away?

Synthetic mosquito repellent is the most effective way to deter mosquitoes. If you don't prefer to put synthetic mosquito repellent on your skin, there are natural options to choose from, such as repellent that contains oil of lemon eucalyptus. In recent years, many Atlanta residents have turned to essential oils. Many oils offer some protection from mosquitoes in Atlanta. Lavender, citronella, and tea tree oils are good choices. But keep in mind that these must be applied far more frequently than synthetic products in order to keep the mosquitoes off.

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Hear From Our Happy Customers

At Tuxedo Mosquito Control, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our customers have to say about working with us.

    "100% recommended!"

    Mr. Nate H. has been servicing our Buckhead property for the past 10 years. I cannot say enough about his professionalism and work ethic. 100% recommended!

    Daniel L.
    "The best customer service!"

    These guys have been doing Mosquito Control for over 20 years. They have to best customer service in the state. They also have Kiln dried firewood for sale during winter months!

    David M.
    "Extremely pleased!"

    It is so nice being in our backyard and garage area and not having to worry about being bitten!

    Lindsay C.
    "Joe has been great! He’s very professional, personable, and his treatment of our front and backyard has continuously worked great to keep mosquitos at bay."
    Tony C.
    "Quality product!"

    This is my first mosquito season using the mosquito traps. They work beautifully and they do not affect the pollinators. Tuxedo Mosquito delivers a quality product while providing excellent customer service!

    Gayle S.
    "We love this service. Derek is timely, has great communication, and works with you, providing great personal service."
    Beth S.
    "Best in the industry!"
    Christopher H.
    "Couldn't be happier!"

    He even offered valuable advice on managing our mosquito problem. Highly recommend their services to anyone in need!

    Seth J.

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