Oftentimes, having type O blood is a positive thing. For one, it makes it easier for people to give and receive blood. But there is a downside to having one of the most prevalent blood types coursing through one’s veins, mosquito bites. Although divided on the issue, a number of learned people in the medical community believe it is one of many things that frequently lead some insects to sink their proboscises into our flesh. A few of the other elements speculated to play roles in the all too common feast or famine scenario are as follows:

  • Carbon Dioxide Levels
  • Core Body Temperature
  • Lactic Acid Buildup
  • Skin Cleanliness
  • Diet

What do all of those mosquito bite inducing elements share? Simply put, they’re all things associated with life. As such, they work together to signal mosquitoes that a life-sustaining meal is likely nearby. So since we all want to live, there isn’t too much we can do as individuals to persuade live mosquitoes not to suck our blood. If they’re present and the conditions are right, they’re going to make a beeline for us with their proboscises ready to strike.

On the upside, there are several ways to temporarily prevent mosquito bites. The main one is making outdoor conditions less than favorable for mosquitoes. This includes emptying those bird baths and keeping roadside ditches or other recessed areas free of moisture. Removing hiding spots, like overgrown hedges and unwieldy patches of weeds are beneficial too. Of course washing often, wearing repellent and calling in the mosquito control professionals to treat an area all help preventive efforts immensely as well.

Each area of the country is obviously unique, so how Des Moines mosquito control professionals choose to tackle the infested areas will vary. For instance, in Des Moines, we like to decrease a property’s mosquito population by 90% at least 24 hours before the area is expected to be occupied by humans or pets. We find that given the mosquitoes’ average life span, it’s just enough time to put an end to their biting ways for at least 21 days. So arranging for service now should provide adequate protection until early or mid fall.

What if you’ve already sustained a number of mosquito bites? We’d suggest reaching out to your family doctor. And no, despite what others may say, calling the doctor about mosquito bites is not over reacting. Why isn’t it an overreach? For one, as we’ve all heard so often, the insects have the ability to carry and transmit a wide variety of pathogens. It happens most often when they make contact with our bodily fluids. Zika is the most commonly referenced illness as of late but it isn’t the only one. There is a whole host of others. Of course that doesn’t mean that everyone who gets mosquitoes bites will fall ill.

Like any other disease transmission scenario, some people may successfully avoid exposure or only experience mild discomfort. Others may become gravely ill or show signs of allergic reaction. The only people qualified enough to determine where mosquito bites fall in that broad spectrum are physicians. However, we can tell you rashes, purulent wounds, localized inflammation and respiratory problems following mosquito attacks are certainly cause for concern. So in those instances, putting off that phone call to the doc is ill-advised.

So is delaying that call to mosquito control companies. As Iowa Public Radio and the Iowa Department of Public Health pointed out earlier this summer, the insects have already made people sick, including Iowans. To learn more about this and what Miller Pest & Termite is doing specifically to keep Iowans safe from mosquito bites, please contact us online or by phone today.