Mosquito is a Spanish or Portuguese word meaning “little fly.” But at shoo!TAG®, it more commonly known by the English word pest! You can spell the plural mosquitos or mosquitoes. (We prefer the first, since it uses less letters and fits better into a Tweet.)
So, the best minds tell us there are about 3,000 different varieties of mosquitos – but you probably already knew that from being at your friend’s barbecue last week.
There have been many studies to determine why some people are more attractive to mosquitos than others. But the truth is, if you are one of the popular crowd with mosquitos, you do not need a study to tell you that. We do know that they like dark colors more than light – not because they are color-driven, but because they are heat driven and dark colors hold more heat than light. You can blame perfumes or detergents or hair sprays, ultimately only the mosquito knows why they choose the people they do. And since the mosquito to English – English to mosquito dictionary has not been created yet, the mystery will have to remain.
You are more likely to get bitten playing croquet than sitting on the lounge chair because these guys sense movement and when you exercise, the level of carbon-dioxide you exhale (the calling card to the mosquito) increases. Pregnant women are also more susceptible, as well.
The bad news is that the mosquito is the most formidable transmitter of disease in the animal kingdom. The most common of which are malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis and yes, the West Nile virus. Since they bite more than once, they transmit the virus from one place to the next. They can even transfer the virus to the eggs they lay to create more havoc.
But we not only take care of mosquitos, we also have products for ticks, chiggers, flies and no-see-ums! Check out our Bug Blog to read more details on each of these pesky bugs.