Mosquitoes are confusing little creatures. But there is some science behind their madness. Below you will find the 5 most frequently asked questions about mosquitoes, and ways to avoid them (not the questions…the mosquitoes)!
1) Are mosquitoes attracted to water?
Yes. Mosquitoes both live in water, and rely on trips to water to eliminate carbon dioxide and inhale a fresh supply of oxygen. Female mosquitoes lay their larvae in pools of water. Those larvae spend their first two stages of life in water. This also means that mosquitoes are attracted to humidity. Eventually, they are attracted to you because when you breathe, you exhale water vapor. 1 Since you can’t give up breathing, Mosquitno bands are here to help keep the mosquitoes away!
2) Why do mosquitoes bite?
Actually only female mosquitoes bite. They need blood to provide the protein for egg development. Females produce one to three batches of eggs during a lifetime. When they are ready to produce eggs, they go in search of blood. While rather unpleasant to think about, female mosquitoes have a sophisticated system of six “stylets” they use to pump your blood. Four of the stylets have serrated edges for sawing into tiny capillaries just under the skin; the fifth injects saliva to allow blood to flow freely; and the sixth facilitates pulling in the blood. 2
3) Is there a good time to go outside in an effort to avoid mosquitoes during the summer months?
The best time to go outside to avoid mosquitoes is during mid-day. Mosquitoes are mostly out from sundown to sunup, but can be present at all hours of the day. To be safe, just put on a Mosquitno wristband, ankle band or Spotz sticker and enjoy the outdoors!
4) Are there ways to attract mosquitoes?
Yes. There are several surefire ways that you will be bitten by mosquitoes. Factors such as body odor, wearing dark colors, jogging, wearing perfume or cologne, breathing (CO2), body heat, type O blood type, and secreting lactic acid have all proven to attract those pesky mosquitoes. Oh, and always remember to wear clean socks. Mosquitos seem to love your sweaty socks! 3
5) How high do mosquitoes fly?
You may want to stay on your balcony this summer. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, in general, mosquitoes that bite humans prefer to fly at heights less than 25 feet. The greater distance between you and the ground, the less likely you will be bitten. That being said, there are a few mosquito species that like to fly with the birds.4 To be safe, make sure and wear a Mosquitno band!
6) What is the best ways to treat a mosquito bite?
For starters, do not itch! But we know that is easier said than done. There are both over-the-counter and home remedies to help treat a mosquito bite, including the itch. An antihistamine ointment will help for those extreme bites. If you are looking for a more natural approach, there are a few ingredients that will help take the bite out of the sting. Aloe vera, basil, and essential oils such as lavender oil, all have anti-inflammatory properties. Honey has an antiseptic property, relieving the swell. Apple cider vinegar can help stop the itch by restoring the pH balance in your skin. The protein in milk will help relieve the itch, swell, and inflammation. Just remember, you should always consult a physician if you have severe bites or allergic reactions.
Don’t let mosquitoes take the fun out of your summer. Mosquitno bands are non-toxic, DEET-free and proven to last up to 120 hours.
1 “Mosquito Habitats, Climates, Regions & Attraction to Stagnant Water.” Orkin. Orkin, n.d. Web. 29 July 2015.
2Anderson, Scott and Tony Dierckins. The Mosquito Book. Dennoch Press, 1998.
3 Hadley, Debbie. “10 Ways to Guarantee You’ll Get Mosquito Bites.” About Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 July 2015.
4 “Frequently Asked Questions.” FAQ. AMCA, n.d. Web. 29 July 2015