As part of our new look MosquitoNix website, we’re proud to introduce a new feature, our Blog. We know what you’re thinking…everyone has a blog, my grandmother has a blog. On television there is literally a show called, Dog with a Blog. So why do we need a blog? The answer is simple. EVERY SINGLE YEAR our homes, our lives and our yards are invaded by a flying menace. And every single year people, for some reason, are surprised by the appearance of mosquitos in their lives, and talk of West Nile Virus in the news.
We’re here to save you from this annual surprise. We’re going to educate, inform, and if we’re doing this right, occasionally entertain. We at MosquitoNix San Antonio are part of a team that is the nation’s leader in mosquito misting systems, helping thousands of families in the United States and other countries continue to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle while other families are bathing in bug spray to no avail.
While we’re here, we want to shed some light on the good old backyard Bug-Zappers. Bug Zappers are purchased in huge quantities by homeowners due to their demonstrated ability to attract and kill thousands of insects over a 24 hour period. But do they work? Bug zappers do indeed kill some mosquitoes. However, the only two controlled studies conducted to date by independent investigators, at the University of Notre Dame, showed that mosquitoes comprised merely 4.1% and 6.4% respectively of the daily catch over an entire season. Most importantly both studies found that there was no significant difference in the number of mosquitoes found in yards with or without bug zappers.
Additionally, a large number of non-pest insects comprise the vast majority of trap catch. Many of these insects are beneficial predators on other insect pests. They in turn constitute a major part of the diet of many songbirds. Indeed, reduced numbers of moth and beetle prey species have contributed significantly to the decline of songbird populations in many affluent suburbs. Insect electrocution devices undoubtedly bear some responsibility for this phenomenon. Mosquitoes continue to be more attracted to humans than to the devices. One study conducted in homeowners’ backyards showed that of the insects killed by these devices, only 0.13% were female mosquitoes. Come back tomorrow, and we’ll explain why this 0.13% is a very big deal.
For more information on mosquitos and protecting your home, family and property, give Mosquito Nix a call at 210-699-7700.