Insects – Mosquito, the most annoying one
Insects that accompany us
Mosquitoes, the most annoying insects form the Culicidae family. There is 3.500 species reported all over the world. These insects are active during dusk, and early in the morning when air humidity is higher and temperature lower. They accompany us from early spring until late fall.
With spring time insect’s activity awakens, they become our neighbors and companions. But this one specific species is worse than the worst neighbor. Mosquito, the blood sucking pest.
Females are the blood suckers
Male mosquito isn’t the one that causes us discomfort. They feed on flower nectar. Females are the ones that make us suffer and dislike this entire species of insects. They drink our blood to ensure protein they need to grow their eggs. Basically, our blood ensures the species survival.
Due to the fact they bite, mosquito female is considered to be the deadliest animal in the world. With every bite, they spread diseases such as malaria, that kills from 2 to 3 million people every year, and infects another 200 million or more. Asides from malaria, these insects transmit yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and several other nasty contagious illnesses.
Beware of the water
Since they are a water loving insects, and are born from the water, mosquito invasions mostly take place after rain. They lay their eggs in batches of 50 to 100, often in groups that float together on
water surface. They can use little puddles of water, so never leave standing water around your yard because it can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Know your enemy
Whether we like them or not, we must admit, that they are a significant wheel in a big machinery of our eco-system, and are indeed an interesting little animal. These insects can fly from 8 to 12 meters high. In average male mosquitoes live one week, while females can go for a month. If they settle in your basement, garage or the attic, they can last for 6 months.
The most interesting fact is that these insects, although they do not weight more than a rain drop, they can fly in the rain.
If you want to avoid them, pay attention
- Dark clothes, so try to avoid it
- Smell of our feet. Scientists have connected this fact with one that they love the smell of cheese. This is why they often bite around ankles. They are also attracted to the smell of lactic acid that we emit after exercising or consuming salty food. Perfumes or cosmetics such as cremes, shampoos, hair sprays, sun blocks, can contain subtle scents that attract insects.
- Water areas, such as lakes, swamps, rivers. These areas are their favorite gathering place.
- Moist, asides from water they enjoy dew, puddles, or drops of our sweat.
- Carbon dioxide that humans and animals exhale. They can detect it form 35 meter distance.
- Larger people make better and more common victims because of the big body surface, and because they produce more carbon dioxide and lactic acid that mosquitoes find intoxicating.
- Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men, becauseof the hormones they produce.