Where Mosquitoes Are

larvaMosquitoes mate and then lay their offspring into standing waters. Over the initial part of a mosquitoes existence, the larvae eats and lives in this pond. The larva may nourish themselves on algae and microorganisms on the surface of the water. Once they pupate and get to the mature phase, they will leave the water and go to the air. For this reason you will often find considerable amounts of mosquitoes near wetlands or places where there is stagnant water.

Why Do They Bite Us?

Female and male mosquitoes both feast upon nectar of blooming plants. Why is it that they have to bite people then, if not necessarily for diet? The female mosquitoes will need iron and necessary protein from mammal blood to be able to develop offspring and reproduce. Almost all of these female mosquitoes will seek out victims to feed on during dusk and dawn.

Why Do the Bites Itch?

BiteIn order for a mosquito (or any blood sucker) to remove the blood from its host, it has to cease the blood clotting system. Mosquitoes insert its spit inside their victim which contains proteins that halt the immune system and blood clotting. Then blood then openly passes into the mosquito’s proboscis. Once your immune system realizes something is bad, your body will generate histamines and cause the area to swell. The swelled blood vessels in the bite area will be what make the itchy feeling.

Transmitted Diseases

Mosquitoes aren't just annoying for their itchy bites, but they could also transmit dangerous illnesses. Malaria is among the most common. It is a parasitic ailment that causes fever, shivering, joint pain, nausea, and other flu-like symptoms. Unattended it can cause fatality. Other mosquito carried sickness includes West Nile virus, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

Getting Rid of Them

Approaches to combat mosquitoes consist of purchasing a mosquito trap, use mosquito repellent or encourage animals which eat mosquitoes to live in your backyard. A few of these creatures are bats, mosquitofish, dragonflies, and various types of birds. 

About Citronella

candleOne of the most common kinds of mosquito repellent is citronella. Citronella is an essential oil that can be obtained from the leaves and stalks of plants from the Cymbopogon family. The two typical ones are lemon grass and citronella grass. Citronella oil is a non-toxic biopesticide that will repel mosquitoes. Even though it is non-toxic, it may irritate the skin of some individuals. Thus, it should not be used with younger children.

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