Being attacked by mosquitoes can often feel like a coincidence. Certainly, they aren’t targeting you, right? Wrong. Mosquitoes are drawn more to certain people than others. This begs the question, what is it that makes you more attractive to mosquitoes? We will be talking a little bit about this today, along with giving you some practical ways to fight back.
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are tiny insects that rely on blood meals to survive. However, this does not mean their main source of food is blood. In fact, male mosquitoes don’t eat blood at all. It is only female mosquitoes that require blood for egg production. To get blood, female mosquitoes will use their sharp needle-like mouthparts to pierce skin and draw out what they need. Despite popular belief, mosquito bites don’t actually hurt, the thing that causes inflammation and pain is the anticoagulant saliva they inject into your blood to prevent it from clotting.
How Dangerous Are Mosquitoes?
At first glance, mosquitoes don’t look or seem that dangerous. Sure, they drink blood, but not enough to harm someone, right? The truth is it isn’t the amount of blood they take, but what their needle mouthparts might be tainted with. Have you ever heard of the dangers of using a needle twice? All it takes is a single drop of infected blood to spread disease. Say, for instance, a mosquito bites someone who has malaria and then someone else who is completely healthy. The second person could become infected from the remnants of the mosquito’s last meal. Some other diseases mosquitoes have been known to carry and spread include dengue fever, chikungunya, and West Nile virus.
What Do Mosquitoes Look For?
Mosquitoes aren’t the greatest flyers, nor do they have the best vision. Because of these two things, they have to get creative to find their prey. One of the ways mosquitoes find their victims is by looking for dark silhouettes against light backdrops. If you are wearing darker colored clothing, mosquitoes will be able to see you better.
Another thing mosquitoes use to hunt their prey is body heat and sweat. If you exercise outside often, you might find yourself being bitten by mosquitoes every time you stop moving. Some studies have also been done that suggest mosquitoes are more attracted to certain blood types as well as pregnant women.
The most common way mosquitoes find a bite to eat is with carbon dioxide, a gas that is exhaled by all humans. This is another reason mosquitoes are drawn to people who exercise outside as the more breathing you do, the more likely you are to draw in unwanted bloodsuckers.
How You Can Avoid Being Bitten By Mosquitoes?
The more you know about mosquitoes, the better able you will be to avoid being bitten when out and about. To simplify things, here are a few of the best prevention tips you should use when spending time outdoors.
Avoid going outside during dusk and dawn as this is when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear lighter colored clothing.
Be careful not to exercise in areas dense with mosquitoes.
Apply insect repellant to your body before going outside.
Invest in high-quality mosquito control for your property.
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