8 Reasons Why You Need Fly ScreensAndy Glover
We can make sure your home is mosquito-free by installing fly screens to windows and doors, but did you know that mosquitoes can detect carbon monoxide from 75 feet away?
1. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth
That’s right, more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet. Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, including malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.
2. Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals; males feed on flower nectar.
Mosquitoes mean nothing personal when they take your blood. Female mosquitoes need protein for their eggs, and must take a blood meal in order to reproduce. Since males don’t bear the burden of producing young, they’ll avoid you completely and head for the flowers instead.
3. Some mosquitoes don’t bite humans, preferring other hosts like amphibians or birds.
Not all mosquito species feed on people. Some mosquitoes specialise on other animals, and are no bother to us at all but we need to protect our pets so our range of fly screens will help with this.
4. Mosquitoes fly at speeds between 1 and 1.5 miles per hour.
That might sound fast, but in the insect world, mosquitoes are actually rather slow but still hard to locate once they have entered your home. They hide in wardrobes, behind curtains and furniture emerging in the late evening. We all need to ventilate our homes and let cool air circulate and our range of fly screens will keep out the insects and let the air in.
5. A mosquito’s wings beat 300-600 times per second.
This would explain that irritating buzzing sound you hear just before a mosquito lands on you and bites.
6. Salt marsh mosquitoes may travel up to 100 miles from their larval breeding habitat.
Most mosquitoes emerge from their watery breeding ground and stay pretty close to home. But some, like the salt marsh mosquitoes, will fly lengthy distances to find a suitable place to live, with all the nectar and blood they could want to drink.
7. All mosquitoes require water to breed. Some species can breed in puddles left after a rainstorm.
Just a few inches of water is all it takes for a female to deposit her eggs. Tiny mosquito larva develop quickly in bird baths, roof gutters, and any puddles left after rainfall. If you want to keep mosquitoes under control around your home, you need to be vigilant about removing any standing water every few days.
8. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
Carbon dioxide, which humans and other animals produce, is the key signal to mosquitoes that a potential blood meal is near. They’ve developed a keen sensitivity to CO2 in the air. Once a female senses CO2 in the vicinity, she flies back and forth through the CO2 plume until she locates her victim. We all emit CO2 when we talk so this may answer the question why women get bitten more than men!
Protect your home, yourself and pets from being bitten by installing insect screens to all open windows and doors and enjoy fresh air without those annoying mosquitoes.