Mosquitoes locate you by smell; they can do this from 100 feet away. Specifically, they can detect the carbon dioxide that you exhale. Before you even realize the insect has landed on your skin, you’ve been bitten.
Mosquito Bite Facts
Only female mosquitoes bite. The last time you were bitten, you probably didn’t notice until it was too late. This is because the mosquito injects its saliva into your skin. The saliva acts as both a local anesthetic that has a numbing effect, and an anti-coagulant that keeps your blood from clotting. This ensures that you don’t feel the attack, and it makes sucking your blood easier. After feeding on human or animal blood, she has obtained a specific protein that she needs in order to lay eggs and make more mosquitoes.
Health Dangers Across the Globe
Although most people associate a mosquito bite with intense itching and a swollen, red area of skin, the threat to human health goes far beyond simple annoyance. Throughout history, mosquitoes have been known to spread serious disease. In fact, more than a million people are killed by mosquito-related diseases every year.
Dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever are well documented and well-known diseases spread by mosquitoes. When traveling to Asia, Africa or South America, tourists are warned to protect themselves from insect bites because of the serious mosquito-borne illnesses prevalent in those areas.
In Your Own Back Yard
There are 150 varieties of mosquito in the United States alone. Threats like West Nile virus, LaCrosse encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis have caused many cases of serious illness and even death in American citizens. Even when a serious illness has not been contracted directly from a mosquito, bacterial infections caused by the frequent scratching of lesions can lead to serious consequences in diabetics and immune-compromised people.
Your Pets Are at Risk Too
Humans are not the mosquito’s only victims. Eastern and Western equine encephalitis and both dog and cat heartworms are caused by mosquitoes. The alarming world-wide health statistics have led some to call the mosquito the most dangerous living creature on earth.
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