While summer conjures up happy ideas, mosquito bites do not.
The reality is, they aren’t really bites at all – they’re stab wounds!
So What is this stabbing concept? Mosquitoes have a long mouth bit called a proboscis which will actually saw (with a back and forth movement) into the skin. Once you are adequately stabbed, then some mosquito saliva is spat in your skin to prevent blood clotting. Now this monster goes on mining for blood – transferring that long proboscis out and in, to the right and left, up and down, searching for the ideal vein to suck from and fill her belly. (BTW, only female mosquitoes suck blood as they want the protein to procreate and make millions more blood suckers to torment you). When a vein is struck – bingo – she sucks to her content and pops away fat and happy. Otherwise and the multiple attempts sawing in and outside of your skin provide no benefit, she moves off empty handed but the gift was still left behind as she awakens just as much spit in you whether she received nothing or even the mother lode.
So What’s up with the saliva? Not only does the thought of some other creature spitting into your skin seem gruesome but here is the real kicker – that spit is what you’ve got an allergic reaction to. The saliva injected into the human body is what triggers the mosquito ‘snack’. It isn’t a bite at all – it’s a puncture wound in which a female mosquito has spit right into you. So if the thought of mosquitoes did not really bother you earlier, it certainly will now.
In Case You Have 6 itchy, irritating Maybe they have been fed off of your blood source, perhaps not but their calling card is the same – an itchy, annoying welt to remind one of how horrible parasites could be.
So what can you do to Prevent this nightmarish Scene? Pest Control Palm Bay says West Nile Virus is normal these days but did you know that Eastern Equine Encephalitis is on the upswing? And we constantly have spinal meningitis to worry about but now we also have Malaria, Dengue Fever as well as the Sleeping Sickness infiltrating the usa so beware!
Get Rid of standing water in order that they can’t breed – principle Number One. Rule Number 2, use a repellent that is safe and effective. Do not drink the kool-aid that DEET and other chemicals are safe – they aren’t. Use a product that’s natural, food grade safe and has good customer support behind it.
In this manner you prevent these torturous human-stabbing creatures and can actually enjoy the summertime. And that’s a happy idea.