The Ruthless Female Mosquito
The worst thing to hear on a hot night, as you are finally fall into dreamland, is the sound of a mosquito in your ear. You know they won’t give up until they get your juicy blood
Hiding your head under the sheets will not trick the mosquito, and it is the female that is the blood hunter. . She can detect carbon dioxide that we are exhaling from 100 feet away, and she has a heat sensor to zone in on our blood-filled bodies. They are attracted to heat, light, perspiration, body odor, lactic acid in our muscle tissue and carbon dioxide.
You can not hide. She will not give up. She needs that protein she gets from blood to lay her eggs.
Their lifespan is very short; many species go from egg to adult in as little as five days up to 40 days. They will mate within a few days of gaining their wings. The males swarm at dusk and the females fly into the swarm. The female may live over a month, spending her time laying eggs and taking our blood, if she can avoid being killed.
She will pierce your skin, and when she finds the blood vessel she releases an anticoagulant so she can drink without the blood clotting, your body will release a histamine in reaction to the sting. That is where the itch comes in.
Taking this minute amount of blood from us or any other animal is not the problem. It is what she leaves behind in our skin, the irritating rash accompanied with the buzzing in your ear that can drive us crazy.
The serious side of these bites is the possible transmission of Dengue fever, West Nile virus,Yellow fever, Malaria, Encephalitis, Chikungunya, heartworm (in dogs) and other deadly diseases.
You have to wonder why do we need mosquitoes, what could their purpose on earth be? Mosquitoes and their larva are a big part of the food chain for bats, spiders, lizards, geckos, frogs, birds and many species of fish. They also have a part in pollination, since they only take blood when they are reproducing they also feed on nectar.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using a repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours. Mosquitoes need standing water to lay their eggs in. Be diligent to empty any standing water on your property; it only takes 48 hours for the eggs to hatch.
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