Learn How Mosquitoes Get The Blood They Want And How You Can Stop Them

Learn how mosquitoes get the blood they want And how you can stop them

It’s summertime-time once again for mosquitoes to make their appearance. And once they appear, mosquitoes are a total pain. They land on you, bite you, suck out some blood and leave behind an itchy welt.

But if you ignore the fact that mosquitoes are so annoying they really are amazing. Female mosquitoes must find blood in order to reproduce, so mosquitoes come equipped with finely tuned sensors to help them locate

the blood they need.

Mosquitoes’ weapons

Mosquitoes have perfected three different types of sensors. First, mosquitoes can sense several different chemicals. Mosquitoes can smell carbon dioxide and lactic acid up to 100 feet away. Mammals and birds give off these gases as part of their normal breathing.

Second, mosquitoes have very good eyesight. If you are wearing clothing that contrasts with the background, and if you move while wearing that clothing, mosquitoes can see you. It’s a good bet that anything moving

is alive, and therefore full of blood.

Finally, mosquitoes come equipped with temperature sensors, so they can find warm-blood mammals and birds very easily.

Once a mosquito lands on you, it is time to bite. The female mosquito sticks her proboscis into you. She sucks about five microliters of your blood into her abdomen.

After she has bitten you, some saliva remains in the wound. The proteins from the saliva create an immune response from your body. The area swells and you tich. Eventually, the selling goes away, but the itch remains until your immune cells break down the saliva proteins.

Our defense methods

Because mosquitoes are both a nuisance and a danger, people prefer to stay 
away from mosquitoes. One way to do that is to use a chemical called DEET, which seems to black a mosquito’s chemical sensors. Another way to

control mosquitoes is with insecticides that kill them. In some cities there are even trucks that drive around town to spray for mosquitoes.Finally there are to traps. The most popular traps turn propane into carbon dioxide and warmth to attract mosquitoes. Over time, by catching large numbers of mosquitoes, these traps can cause the collapse of the mosquito population in the area.