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How Do Mosquitoes Find People?

Mosquitoes are infamous for biting animals and humans during outdoor activities. Given that the pests usually strike at dusk when there is little light, it’s common to wonder how mosquitoes find people to bite.

How Do Mosquitoes See?

To locate a host, mosquitoes use both their senses of smell and sight. The female mosquito, which requires blood to develop eggs, has a special receptor that detects carbon dioxide. When humans exhale, the pests identify and follow the scent.

Once they are close to their prey, mosquitoes see well enough to land and secure a meal. They insert their needle-like mouth parts into the skin to begin siphoning blood from victims. The mosquito bites they leave behind itch and swell, so an infestation in the yard is never welcome.

For help with control, contact the experts at Western Pest Services. Trained technicians understand mosquito biology and can reduce the insects’ numbers.