This post was most recently updated on December 13th, 2020
Yes, Cyprus has Mosquitoes.
Cyprus has warm weather for almost 8 months a year. During that time, mosquitoes get a preferable environment to grow. The mosquito season begins in Cyprus at the start of April and lasts till the end of November.
Even though it’s cold during the nights in October/November, the days are still sunny and warm. Not all, but some of the species of mosquitoes in Cyprus can survive if the days are still warmer.
Mosquitoes are actually all over the world, except in Antarctica. Antarctica has a cold and freezing climate, which is not suitable for the growth of Mosquito.
Is warm weather the only reason Cyprus has mosquitoes?
Well, it’s one of the main reasons. Mosquitoes grow when there is dampness around your surrounding. They also grow in tall grasses, trees, gutters, ponds, puddles, stagnant water, piles of leaves, woods, and many other places.
Cyprus has all these things. In some places, drainage systems are well-managed, and in some places, they are not.
If your surrounding isn’t clean and tidy, chances are you are giving a better environment for mosquitoes to grow.
Mosquitoes in Cyprus are of various sizes. Some of them are so small and thin; you wouldn’t even know if it’s a mosquito or not.
If you are a tourist and visiting Cyprus, you would probably stay in a hotel room. You won’t be troubled by the mosquitoes there. But if you stay at a friend’s house or some less expensive place, you would have to be extra careful.
Usually, when you are chilling outside in the evening, you will get more bites from the mosquitoes.
With a mosquito bite, you are prone to getting mosquito-borne diseases. Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Diseases that are spread to people by mosquitoes include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.
How to stay safe from the Mosquitoes?
Here are some of the ways you can do to minimize the growth of mosquitoes and eventually make your surrounding mosquitoes free.
Clean grass and remove piles of leaves around your house. Keep the garbage bin or skip a bit far from your place.
You should remove stagnant water and any objects which may collect water from their gardens, such as bottles, old tires, flowerpots, and other containers.
Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans, and recycle bins so stagnant water cannot accumulate. Regularly empty ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, kid’s toys, and anything else that may gather water.
Dispose of empty cans, buckets, flowerpots, old tires, trash cans, etc., is important. Clear clogged roof gutters. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs.
During the evening time, mosquitoes are more active. Keep your doors and windows closed in the evening. If you have to stay outside in the evening, make sure to wear clothing that covers your hands, arms, legs, and other exposed skin.
You can use mosquito repellent sprays and coils to kill mosquitoes inside your house.
You can also buy mosquito repellent creams and oils to apply to your body.
The best practice to stay safe from mosquitoes is to keep your surroundings clean and develop a habit of sleeping inside a mosquito net.
What to do if a mosquito bite?
No matter how much you prepare, these little things always find a way to bite you at least once. When they bite, you will feel itchiness and see a red lump on your skin.
We usually tend to scratch when it itches. You have to avoid that. Scratching the lump can turn into a wound.
As soon as you feel a mosquito has bitten you, try to apply some cold cream. It will give you relief from the itchiness. If you are at home, you can also apply some lemon juice. It will help you with the redness and itchiness.
Basic Mosquitoes Facts
Only the female mosquito bites to obtain a blood meal. The male mosquito feeds only on plant juices.
Some species of Mosquitoes don’t bite humans. Not even the female mosquitoes. They only go after birds or amphibians, and reptiles.
Female mosquitoes are attracted by heat and carbon dioxide to hosts such as humans, mammals, and birds.
The female mosquito may live as long as three weeks during the summer or several months over the winter in order to lay her eggs in the following spring. An adult mosquito can live up to 6 months.
Cyprus does have mosquitoes, but they aren’t in a large number. Basic precautions measures and you will be totally fine and won’t be troubled by the mosquitoes. If you are planning on visiting Cyprus, feel free to come. You will have a wonderful time here.
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