Maryland Mosquito Control – Facts about How Mosquitoes Bite
As Disney said: Welcome to the wonderful world of…MOSQUITOES!
How I was ‘just sayin’: just how does a mosquito - bite?! They, the mosquito, do not have a mouth or teeth, so the question is clearly obvious and profoundly interesting.
With a good microscope or some really awesome pictures on Yahoo or Google, one does see a rather long thing called a proboscis protruding from the front of the “head”.
We know that the male variety does not ‘bite’. Then just how does the female inject the proboscis into the skin of the next host? It seems that the mosquito has to barbed parts next to the main part of the proboscis. The mosquito secretes a fluid onto the proboscis and that fluid allows the barbed parts to enter the host and make room for the real part of the proboscis: the suction device that allows the female mosquito to actually suck blood and complete the cycle for the development of viable eggs.
When the mosquito has the eggs ready for deposit (approximately 20 each time) the mosquito needs to find a suitable home.
The kicker is that the mosquito needs to deposit the eggs onto water. If that water remains still the eggs will develop into mosquito larvae, then to nymphs, the time cycle from depositing of the eggs can be as short as two weeks. The eggs also can go dormant ready to hatch as soon as favorable weather arrives. The mosquito is dormant in our area during the cold winter months.
The most difficult months for us as the hosts for the mosquitoes is late summer: now and October.
We are familiar with the diseases that mosquitoes carry. Just sayin’: rustle the water, search for the havens of the mosquito, rustle the water, pick up or at least disturbs your children’s toys, make sure there is no water left standing in the rain gutters and of course do not tempt fate stay indoors during the heat of day and the stillness of dusk. Mosquitoes pick up the CO2 that exudes from humans!