Scientific names for mosquitoes are Anopheles, Aedes, and Culex.

Some of the deadliest diseases, including malaria, dengue, chikungunya, and others, are spread by mosquitoes.

The majority of the insect bites that occur worldwide are mosquito bites.

Did you know ?

  • The larger female mosquitos bite as they need blood and nourishment to produce eggs
  • These diseases cause millions of deaths every year globally with children being the primary victims.
  • There are more than 3000 species of mosquitoes breeding in our planet

What causes mosquito bites to itch?

Each year, a large number of individuals are bitten by mosquitoes, but each bite has a different effect. When a mosquito bites, it draws out blood and injects some saliva at the same time. Proteins and an anticoagulant are found in their saliva.

The body’s immune system is triggered by the proteins, which are foreign substances. Histamine, a chemical that facilitates white blood cell access to the damaged area, is released by the body’s immune system in order to combat them. The scratchiness, swelling, and inflammation are caused by histamine.

What Causes Mosquito Bite:

Here are some risk factors that make you prone to mosquito bites,

  • Your body temperature 
  • Your blood type
  • Perfume 
  • Dark-coloured clothing
  • Being in the vicinity of stagnant water 
  • Visiting a region prone to mosquito-borne diseases

Here are the few tips to prevent mosquito bites-

1.         Dispose off buckets, ceramic pots and other containers around your house that may collect water during monsoon season.

2.         Prevent mosquitoes from entering your home by protecting your windows and doors with mesh screens.

3.         Avoid venturing outdoors during dusk and dawn. That’s the peak time when mosquitoes go out on a biting spree.

4.         Try wearing long-sleeve shirts, pants, and socks while you’re outdoors during peak mosquito times.

5.         Make sure that swimming pools and water tanks in your surroundings are regularly cleaned and chlorinated.

6.         Wear light colors of clothing as mosquitoes are attracted to dark and intense colors.

7.         Apply mosquito repellent chemicals on clothing and coverings

8.         Sleep under a protective net

9.         Avoid travelling to an area where mosquitoes are high in number

10.       Spending time near stagnant water.

11.       Wearing perfume can also attract mosquitos.

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