While summertime conjures up happy thoughts, mosquito bites don’t.
What are these bites from mosquitoes? The reality is, they are not really bites at all – they’re stab wounds!
Mosquitoes have a lengthy mouth bit called a proboscis that will really saw (with a back and forth motion) into your skin. As soon as you’re adequately stabbed, then some mosquito saliva is spat into your skin to stop blood clotting. This monster goes on mining for blood – transferring that very long proboscis in and out, to the right and left, up and down, searching for the perfect vein to suck from and fill her belly. If a vein is struck – bingo – she sucks to her content and pops away fat and happy. If not and the multiple tries sawing in and outside of your skin offer no benefit, she goes away empty handed but the present was still left behind as she spat just as much saliva in you even if she received nothing.
So What is up with the spit? That saliva is exactly what you’ve got an allergic reaction to. The saliva injected into your body is what triggers the mosquito ‘bite’. It is not a sting at all – it is a puncture wound in which a female mosquito has spit into you. Therefore, if the thought of mosquitoes did not really bother you before, it certainly will now.
So what can you do to Prevent this nightmarish Scene? Call Opossum Poop. West Nile Virus is normal nowadays but did you know that Eastern Equine Encephalitis is on the rise? And we always have spinal meningitis to worry about but today we also have Malaria, Dengue Fever and even the Sleeping Sickness infiltrating the United States so beware!
Get Rid of standing water so they can’t breed – rule Number One. Rule Number Two, use a repellent that’s safe and effective. Don’t believe everything you hear stating DEET and other substances are safe – that they are not. Use something that is natural, food grade safe and has great customer support behind it.
This way you prevent these torturous human-stabbing monsters and can actually enjoy the summertime. And that’s a happy thought.