Mosquitoes are not only a flying/biting nuisance but they are vectors for disease such as West Nile Virus and the newest concern, Zika Virus. There are 55 documented species of mosquitoes in Indiana, and about 12-15 species are significant to public health (Purdue Entomology). Female mosquitoes are blood suckers and are attracted to carbon dioxide expelled from warm blooded creatures.
Whereas, males are attracted to nectar and plant sap and do not feed on blood.
Females lay their eggs in standing water making bird baths, unkempt gutters, discarded old tires and any standing areas of water in your yard the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are active between dusk and dawn. So during the day, unless disturbed, they will hide out in your shrubbery and trees. For more information about mosquitos and other perimeter pests visit Purdue entomology and Michigan State entomology websites.
- Purdue, MSU