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

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Animal Welfare - BY NASH

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.

1. Lemon, cloves, baby oil. 2. Vine­gar, sham­poo, veg­etable oil.

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