All About Mosquitoes, Waynes
All About Mosquitoes
The more that you know about a topic, the easier it becomes to resolve issues related to that topic. It’s important to know about mosquitoes to get them under control and properly treat their bites. We’ve provided some information to help you understand how they became such a big problem and why they are still one of the most hated insects today.
One of the worst things about mosquitoes is their bites. Their bites itch and leave a swollen red bump on the surface of our skin. Only female mosquitoes bite because they need the protein from blood to nourish their eggs. They choose their host based on carbon dioxide, sweat, heat, and body odor.
Mosquitoes pierce the skin with their straw-like tubes to inject an anti-blood-clotting chemical and simultaneously suck blood. Our physical reaction to a mosquito bite is actually the result of your body’s immune system protecting you with natural antihistamines.
Mosquitoes transmit more diseases than any other creature, and they cause millions of deaths every year. Certain species of mosquitoes are known to carry West Nile, malaria, encephalitis, filariasis, and Yellow Fever. Diseases can be transmitted directly through the mosquito’s saliva or through opportunistic parasites who attach themselves to the gut of the mosquito as they bite their host.
Mosquito bites are the reason for over a million deaths every year. The people who are affected the most by disease-carrying mosquitoes are those who live in developing countries. Half the world’s population is exposed to mosquito-borne diseases. Overall, mosquitoes have an immense effect on global health.
To control the mosquito population, we must diminish their access to breeding grounds. With limited standing water, mosquitoes won’t have anywhere to lay their eggs. Another method used to control the mosquito population is a pesticide, commonly used by pest control companies.
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There are around 3,500 different species of mosquitoes worldwide with about 100 in Europe and 170 in North America. Different species may have completely different ways of life. Whereas certain species appear in relatively low densities, others may appear in tremendous numbers of individuals, after floods, for example. There are also differences with respect to diet: There are mosquito species that have specialized in specific hosts, whereas others bite anything they encounter more or less indiscriminately. These different forms of behavior may have an important influence on the role that mosquitoes play as a transmitter of diseases. One thing all mosquitoes have in common is that they spend their immature stages in the water.
Scanning electron microscope image of the yellow fever mosquito. With kind permission of eye of science – photo studio for scientific photography
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All About Mosquitoes
Mosquitos are thought to have inhabited the world for over 170 million years. They serve as major food source for fish, birds and other insects. There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world, of which 175 are found in the United States. It is believed that Alexander the Great was killed from a disease caused by a mosquito bite and he is not alone. According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of over one million people each year. The majority of these deaths are caused by malaria, a mosquito borne disease. The more we understand mosquitoes, the better we can become at mosquito control.
Female mosquitoes have an average life span of two months and males live less than 10 days. The female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time and require standing water to do so. The eggs are dropped in bunches on the surface of water, called mosquito rafts, and only an inch of water is necessary for this breeding. The eggs hatch into larva within 10 days. The larva requires oxygen to survive and can even be seen swimming up and down the surface to breath. The larva will feed off algae, plankton, and other microorganisms in the water while it develops. Soon the larva turns into pupae where the metamorphosis of the mosquito is complete over the course of 1-4 days. The pupae emerge from the water as an adult mosquito where it rests to dry out and harden. Pretty crazy right?
Female mosquitoes are the only mosquitoes that actually bite humans. Male mosquitoes typically feed on fruit and plant nectar. Female mosquitoes bite humans and other mammals because they require the nutrients from blood to develop their eggs. The female mosquito must find a blood meal every two to three days to reproduce eggs. The female mosquito finds her victim through a combination of chemical, heat, and visual sensors.
Helpful Mosquito Tips
These are some of the things you can do yourself around your home to prevent mosquito infestations: