Thursday, October 09, 2014

Along with the rain

This past summer has been relatively mosquito bite free thanks to the lack of rain.

That has all changed now though, the rain we have had over the last couple of weeks has provided the perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes. The puddles formed by the rain are just what the little biters were waiting for – a place to lay the eggs ready to hatch.

In order to breed they need energy and the females get that from the protein in our blood. They use a variety of methods to seek out their victims, smell, movement, heat etc. Mostly they detect the carbon dioxide in our breath but they also sense the heat given out by living creatures, the odour of sweat and movement. Even the colour of your clothing can attract them.

If you are one of those who are attractive to mosquitoes like my eldest daughter, better stock up on repellent and cream to relieve the itching. 

PS It is claimed that drinking beer can attract mosquitoes, now that is bad news. 

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