Enjoying the outdoors is good for you. Many experts agree that being outdoors positively influences mood, health and mental wellbeing.
As beneficial as being outdoors is to a person's overall health and wellbeing, there are also some risks when spending time in nature. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), disease epidemics that are spread by mosquitoes are happening more often.
When assessing the risk of infection from mosquito borne illnesses like Zika and malaria, it helps to know the travel habits of these biting, flying insects.
The experts here at MosquitoNix ® have put together a guide of common mosquito travel questions and answers. We are committed to helping you protect your outdoor lifestyle. Use this guide to assess the risk to you and your family and reach out to us for a free estimate on mosquito control for your home or commercial property.
Mosquito flight FAQ
◾️ How far do mosquitoes travel?
The vast majority of mosquito species won't fly far from their breeding grounds. Some species, like the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (which may carry Zika and other diseases), generally won't travel more than a few hundred feet from their breeding ground.
However, most species of mosquitoes will travel up to 3 miles from their breeding grounds. Other species, like the larger ones found mostly in the Midwest, have been found upwards to 7 miles from breeding spots.
◾️ What mosquito species fly farther away from their breeding grounds?
Other mosquito species will fly up to 3 miles away from their breeding grounds. Others may travel up to 7 miles or more from where they hatched. Saltmarsh mosquitoes can travel up to 40 miles away from their birthplace by riding high altitude winds.
◾️ How high do mosquitoes fly?
As a general rule, mosquitoes that prey on humans tend not to fly more than 25 feet off the ground. Some species do fly higher because they prefer to breed in taller structures or trees, or they can find food higher up, especially if the wind carries them aloft.
◾️ How fast can mosquitoes fly?
A mosquito's average flight speed is 1.5 mph or less. Not very fast overall, but usually fast enough to elude a swatting human hand.
If it isn't bad enough that mosquitoes can fly large distances for a blood meal, mosquitoes that carry diseases can also "hitch" rides. Hitching means that instead of flying, they perch on a suitcase or overseas shipment, then establish new breeding grounds in areas favorable to their survival.
If the conditions on your property are right, or if you live close to a body of water, infected mosquitoes can quickly become a risk to you and your family. Mosquitos breed near water and once they are established, they can become a problem for you and your family.
Mosquito Nix is committed to helping you protect your outdoor spaces. Whether they hitched a ride, flew to your property or hatched nearby, mosquitoes won't stand a chance against our misting systems and fog treatments.
We are the national leader in mosquito control and we offer permanent, temporary and portable mosquito and pest control options. Serving both residential and commercial properties, we offer superior customer service, trained and licensed employees and state-of-the-art products and services.
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