Know Your Mosquito Facts
Summer is clearly one of the most enjoyable times of the year. However, with warm weather and humidity comes the unwelcome threat of mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are not only annoying but they also carry disease. That is why it is a good idea to be well informed when it comes to mosquitoes and the little-known facts associated with mosquitoes and their behavior. For example, female mosquitoes will typically lay their eggs in areas of stagnant or standing water where mosquito populations can grow exponentially in a very short period of time.
Breeding Ground For Mosquitoes
Areas that are likely to attract mosquitoes and promote their breeding habits include gutters, flowerpot saucers that contain water, typical birdbaths and even pet dishes that are left outdoors. In addition, buckets, wheelbarrows and kiddie pools can also attract mosquitoes. In fact, any place where water puddles or accumulates in ditches or low-lying areas around a typical residential home can be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Even recycling bins and trashcans with a small amount of water at their base can present trouble.
Another important fact to take into account when it comes to mosquitoes and mosquito bites is that some children are more sensitive than others to the bite of a mosquito. As a note of caution, anytime a child has a serious allergic reaction to a mosquito bite it is important to seek out medical attention as soon as possible. While some children become less allergic as they grow older others become more allergic to mosquito bites. Everyone is different and that is why it is important to always seek out medical attention any time there is a serious adverse reaction to a mosquito bite.
Anticoagulants And Digestion Enzymes
Another little known fact about mosquitoes and mosquito bites is that the itch and other negative reactions from a bite are caused by the saliva of the pest. In fact, the saliva of a typical common mosquito contains a number of different types of anticoagulants and digestion enzymes that the insect uses in preparation to inject its victim in order to draw blood. It is also interesting to note that it is only the female mosquito that actually bites. The female does this in order to build up levels of protein needed to create her eggs.
The Times Between Dusk And Dawn
Finally, parents should be aware that mosquitoes tend to bite young children and infants in greater frequency than any other type of bug. This is all the more reason to protect young children and infants any time there is high humidity, high temperature or standing water present. Parents should also be aware that mosquitoes tend to bite most frequently during the times between dusk and dawn.