Floridians know a thing or two about mosquito bites. If you have lived here or spent any time here, you have been a victim of the mosquito bite.
In Central Florida, mosquitoes are a year-round threat, although we do see much more mosquito activity in the spring, summer and fall than the winter months.
We created this article to explain what exactly happens when a mosquito bites a person. Also, we want to answer some questions like “Why do mosquito bites itch” and “what attracts mosquito to humans?”.
What They are After?
Mosquitoes are after the protein found in your blood. This is because it is needed to create mosquito eggs. Therefore, only female mosquitoes bite.
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
The mosquito picks up on the carbon dioxide you exhale. This plume of gas exiting your lungs is like a big neon sign to the female mosquito. They also notice your overall body temperature and body scent that is given off when you sweat.
Why Does the Mosquito Bite Itch?
The mosquito doesn’t really bite. It actually sticks a tiny needle into your skin. This needle is used to draw blood from you. As the needle enters your body it injects a tiny amount of anti-coagulant which keeps the blood flowing smoothly. Your body reacts to this chemical with an immune response. This immune response is what causes the swelling and itching. Scratching makes the itching worse because it further irritates the already irritated area of skin.
How Do I Prevent Mosquitoes Around My Home?
Do not allow rain water to collect anywhere. This is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. If you must be out during this time you can wear an effective mosquito repellent.
Mosquitoes are more than just an irritating nuisance. They spread diseases like Malaria, Zika and West Nile Virus. Although risk of getting these diseases is low, the threat does exist. Wearing a good repellent and preventing breeding areas around your home will save you a lot of trouble.