What Attracts Mosquitoes in Austin, TX: Understanding Their Behavior

Why Are Mosquitoes Bugging You?

Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying pests that we contend with at YardDoc. Not only are they everywhere, but they carry disease that can be a real risk to humans. Why are they always bugging us? Here’s the buzz on what attracts mosquitoes to your skin and yard.

Scientific Attraction to Humans

While males do not bite, female mosquitoes target a meal of blood to produce more eggs. But what attracts mosquitoes to us? Well, mosquitoes have an incredible sense of smell.


Initially, mosquitoes smell the carbon dioxide we exhale when we breathe. A mosquito can sense our breath from thirty feet away. As all animals produce carbon dioxide, the mosquito comes closer to investigate what species we are.


As they buzz near, they smell our unique and identifiable human odor due to a particular combination of body chemicals. So far, all signs point toward a tasty treat, so they come in for a landing.


A mosquito’s legs have keen receptors. When she lands, the mosquito feels our body heat and knows she is on a living creature. What attracts mosquitoes to finally take a bite is the taste of our skin and sweat. She has found her favorite meal.


Protect your health by covering up with clothing and repellant in addition to maintaining your home and yard with regular maintenance.

What Attracts Mosquitoes Besides You?

Your Austin Mosquito Exterminator

Fortunately, there are some easy measures you can do at home to get rid of mosquitoes in your home and yard and be proactive against West Nile Virus, like setting up electric zappers or performing regular home maintenance tasks. You can also call in the experts to spray your home for common pests like mosquitoes. YardDoc strives to improve your outdoor quality of life with biological organic pest control and pest prevention education. Contact us to set up a comprehensive plan.

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