5 Surprising Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Mosquitoes
We all know how annoying mosquitoes can be. They would make that humming noise when they fly too close to your ear. They would sometimes fly up your nose. Their bite is not only itchy. It also puts you at risk of contracting different viruses.
It would seem that you know everything there is to know about these little nasties, but as your trusty team of local exterminators, we thought it fun to share some less-known facts about mosquitoes. Read on!
1. Mosquito Saliva Causes The Itch
When a mosquito bites by inserting its super thin proboscis into the skin, it drops its saliva that prevents the blood from clotting. With the saliva acting as a coagulant, the mosquito can suck blood without it clotting and trapping the mosquito’s proboscis. Often, our body will have an immune response against the mosquito’s saliva, which is why the mosquito bite itches.
2. The Reason Why Mosquitoes Fly Near Your Ear And Above Your Head
Mosquitoes sense carbon dioxide from a hundred feet away. When they sense carbon dioxide, they know there’s somebody they can victimize. Since we breathe out carbon dioxide through the nose and mouth, mosquitoes tend to fly near our heads, as if to confirm that you’re human.
3. Chocolates Confuse Mosquitoes
Now that we know how mosquitoes find their victims, you might be glad to know that there are certain smells that can confuse them. The smell of chocolate, for one, has been found to stun mosquitoes’ carbon dioxide sensors.
4. Male Mosquitoes Are Easier To Please
Male mosquitoes couldn’t care less about your blood. They prefer feasting on nectar. It’s the females that have a taste for blood, literally.
5. Viruses Make Female Mosquitoes Even More Thirsty For Blood
Researchers have found that mosquitoes that carry viruses such as dengue have increased blood cravings. The viruses manipulate the mosquitoes and make them hungrier. What’s more, virus-carrying mosquitoes have a heightened sense of smell.
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