Mosquitoes outnumber humans on our planet. It’s said there are more than 100 trillion mosquitoes from several thousand different species living on Earth. And the blood that mosquitoes suck from us creates even more mosquitoes. The females bite and the blood they get provides the protein that mosquito eggs need to develop. Mosquitoes are attracted to a number of human scents, including carbon dioxide, lactic acid, and natural skin oils. Some people will produce more of certain chemicals in their skin than others. Mosquitoes will change directions mid-flight if a smell attracts them.
How They Bite and Pass Along Diseases
Mosquitoes inject us with their saliva but before they begin to suck they inject us with their saliva, which contains an anticoagulant, causing our blood to flow freely into them. In terms of passing along diseases, the red welt caused by a mosquito bite is the reaction of our bodies to a protein carried in the mosquito’s saliva. Mosquitoes propagate Malaria and West Nile Virus by biting people, and both of these diseases can be deadly.
Keeping Mosquitoes Away
Some of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away include creams, sprays, and candles. The most effective way to keep mosquitoes away is with a safe mosquito control from Tick Killz. This all-natural pest control is safe to use around children, pets, and the environment yet it controls mosquitoes on contact. Call us at (973) 627-4523 for information on our pest control products.