mosquitoes : facts & identification information
mosquitoes or flies?
mosquitoes can be confused with flies. mosquitoes have long legs, and a long proboscis or nose that female mosquitoes use to bite people and pets to draw blood, needed to lay eggs. most flies wont bite and even long legged flies are usually much smaller than mosquitoes. mosquitoes are pesky pests and can spread disease such as west nile virus, dengue, and malaria. believe it or not, there are over 1,000 cases of malaria every year in north america. more commonly, though, mosquitoes threaten family events more than health.
heard high pitched buzzing of mosquitoes?
we have all had to deal mosquitoes. the high pitched buzz tells us that we have mosquitoes nearby, and that we should beware since mosquito bites might not be far behind. mosquitoes can chase us indoors during the best time of the year. is there anything short of pitching a tent that you can do to take back your outdoor living space around your home? orkin mosquito service can help.
female mosquitoes have piercing mouthparts through which they extract the blood of a host. the protein from gathered blood is used in egg production. male mosquitoes do not have the ability to extract blood from a host.
while not particularly painful, the bite of a mosquito can prove dangerous to humans. when a mosquito inserts her proboscis through the skin, her saliva creates a small, red bump. these bumps produce mild to severe itching. some people may become less sensitive to mosquito saliva through repeated exposure, while others may develop allergic reactions. symptoms of an allergy include blistering and inflammation, as well as asthma-like reactions. mosquitoes also carry diseases such as yellow and dengue fevers, malaria and encephalitis and are capable of passing them from host to host.