Does a male mosquito bite you? Nope. The female mosquito of the species is the one that bites (males feed on flower nectar), because she requires blood to produce eggs. Her mouthparts are constructed so that they pierce the skin so she can suck the blood out. Her saliva lubricates the opening. It’s her saliva plus the injury to the skin that creates the stinging and irritation we associate with mosquito bites.
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are carriers for a host of diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and Dengue fever. There are hundreds of species of mosquitoes belonging to the family Culicidae.
You can ward them off by using insect repellents and limit your exposure to mosquitoes when outdoors by using a fan or by covering exposed skin with light-colored clothing and a hat. Mosquitoes tend to be more of a problem from dusk to dawn.
Does a male mosquito bite you? No, but here are some ways to avoid mosquito bites from his girlfriend(s) and to better protect against mosquito-transmitted diseases:
• Applying insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label. Apply repellant over top of sunscreen and reapply every four to six hours.
• Minimizing outside activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, though it is important to note that mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya are active throughout the day.
• Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
• Eliminating areas of standing water around the home including clogged gutters, birdbaths, flowerpots, tires and kiddie pools or untreated pools. Mosquitoes need only half an inch of water to breed.
• Screening windows and doors and patching torn screens.
Does a male mosquito bite you? No. But other members of his family do. Mosquito season is just around the corner, so if you are concerned about these little invaders where you live, please contact us at ClearDefense Pest Control HERE. We can help!
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