There are 3000 species of mosquitoes. The different types of mosquitoes spread dangerous diseases: so we will examine the mosquito facts, life-cycle and habits.
The Aedes Mosquito breeds in clean water like ponds and man-made containers like vases or buckets. Aedes mosquito is active during the day, is a day-biter and hides near furniture. They prefer darker colors and “blood red”. Their egg is black like a tiny rugby ball. Aedes mosquito is a dangerous and spreads deadly diseases like dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and encephalitis.
The Anopheles Mosquito is very active at night, is a night-biter, and spreads malaria. It too prefers clean water. The adult Anopheles mosquito is pale, with dark marks on its wings. Larvae rest parallel to the water surface, and then 1mm long egg floats on the side. An Anopheles female with one blood meal can lay 50-150 eggs.
The Culex Mosquito is the main vector of and transmits a disease called Japanese B encephalitis. This dangerous mosquito breeds in dirty water in drains, sewers swamps and polluted creeks and is nocturnal (night-loving). It is covered with brown scales. Cylindrical, long, brown eggs lie vertical to the water surface in a raft of 300 eggs.
Their life-cycle and life-span is not more than 300 days. The development of mosquitoes from egg to larva to pupa to adult takes about 6-10 days. Eggs hatch in 24-48 hours. Larvae become pupae in 7-10 days. The production of eggs varies from species to species of mosquitoes and ranges from 50 to 150 eggs. However some mosquito species lay more than 100 eggs at a time, making them prolific. The eggs hatch within 24 to 48 hours.
Mosquito food and why mosquitoes bite?
Male adult mosquitoes don’t bite, but feed on flower nectar. Adult female mosquitoes have blood (human or animal) as a meal because the female mosquito needs the protein from the blood for egg production. Female mosquitos have sharp, syringe-like mouths (proboscis) to puncture the skin and draw blood.
What attracts mosquitoes? What is the result of mosquito-bites?
Female mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, lactic acid and strong smells: from beer to perfume to smelly feet. Humans and mammals exhale carbon dioxide so our breath is a signal that a blood-meal is nearby. Exercisers produce more carbon dioxide and lactic acid that female mosquitoes are drawn to. The result of mosquito bites could be itchiness, rash or allergy. Also, mosquito bites can lead to diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya
How to repel mosquitoes?
After having a look at mosquito facts, we see how to repel mosquitoes and keep them away: mosquito repellent sprays and lotions, mosquito screens, mosquito coils and other devices also some other pest control services are useful. When outdoors, long sleeves, long trousers (fully – covered bodies) give protection. Dark colours should be avoided, as should beer, strong perfumes and other smells.
If bitten: a cold compress or calamine lotion gives relief. To keep mosquitoes away permanently: pest control experts will eliminate eggs, larvae and adult mosquitoes and prevent mosquito diseases thereby. Preventive measures are always the best for mosquito control. Thereafter, or in outbreaks of serious diseases, professional, expert pest control is highly recommended.
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