While summertime conjures up happy ideas, mosquito bites don’t.
The reality is, they are not really bites at all – they’re stab wounds!
So What’s this traumatic concept? Mosquitoes have a lengthy mouth bit called a proboscis which will really saw (using a back and forth movement) into the skin. As soon as you’re adequately stabbed, then mosquito spit is injected in your skin to stop blood clotting. This monster goes on mining for blood – transferring that very long proboscis out and in, to the left and right, up and down, trying to find the ideal strand to suck from and fill her stomach. After multiple tries sawing in and outside of your skin with no luck, she moves off empty handed but the present was still left behind as she leaves just as much spit in you if she received blood or not.
So What is up with the spit? The notion of some other creature spitting into your skin seem gruesome, but here’s the real kicker – the spit is exactly what you get an allergic reaction from. The saliva injected into the human body is what triggers the mosquito ‘bite’. It is not a sting at all – it’s a puncture wound in which a female has spit right into you. Therefore, if the notion of mosquitoes did not really bother you earlier, it certainly will now.
Perhaps they have been fed from your blood source, perhaps not however their calling card is exactly the same – an itchy, annoying welt to remind one of how horrible parasites could be.
So what do you do to Prevent this nightmarish Scene? West Nile Virus is normal nowadays but were you aware that Eastern Equine Encephalitis is on the upswing? And we constantly have spinal meningitis to be concerned about but today we also have Malaria, Dengue Fever as well as the Sleeping Sickness infiltrating the USA so beware!
Get Rid of standing water to prevent breeding – principle Number One. Rule Number 2, use a repellent that’s safe and effective. Don’t fall victim to believing DEET and other substances are safe – they aren’t. Use something that’s natural, food grade secure and has great customer support behind it. You can also call Opossum Poop to help eliminate the population.
In this manner you prevent these torturous human-stabbing monsters and can actually enjoy the summertime. And that’s a happy idea.