How many of you dont like mosquitoes?
23 May 07
i dont like mosquitoes.even my skin developes allergy n leaves marks..thats the bad part.the problem is many mosquito replents dont work. some tips to avoid mosquitoes... Throw away old bottle and cans Empty standing water from flower pot dishes & flower vases. Put a screen or cover rain barrels. Don't forget about fishbowls and aquariums. Change birdbath water weekly or use mosquito tablets that are biodegradable and not harmful to animals. Fill tree holes. Throw away or destroy old tires. Old tires probably account for most mosquito infestation in the world. Repair leaky faucets. Clean clogged gutters. Cover uncovered boats. Trivial facts about a non-trivial insect.....read these they will give you some good info..... How many species of mosquitoes are there? About 2,700. And how many are resistant to at least one insecticide? More than 50. What does a mosquito weigh? About 2 to 2.5 milligrams (for an Aedes aegypti). Photo by John VanDyk, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University. How much blood does a female mosquito drink per, er, serving ? About 5-millionths of a liter (for an Aedes aegypti). What happens if you cut the sensory nerve in the mosquito's stomach? The little whiner can keep sucking blood until it bursts (oh, sweet justice!). How do mosquitoes find new hosts? By sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals). How fast can a mosquito fly? An estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour. How far do certain mosquitoes fly Salt marsh mosquitoes migrate 75 to 100 miles. How far away can a mosquito smell you, or a cow or another host (defined)? 20 to 35 meters. Don't you love being called a "host"? Not in this context. Why does a film of oil on water kill mosquito larvae? Because the oil clogs up the snorkel that the larvae use to breathe. What does mosquito saliva have to do with some kinds of rat poison? They both contain anti-coagulants, chemicals that prevent the blood from clotting. When do mosquitoes feed? Day-time. Night-time. And all times in-between. Truthfully, some species prefer different times of day or night. This behavior may have evolved to match the host's behavior. Do they ever stop sucking blood? Yes. For starters, males never suck blood. And females don't do it more, often than necessary, since it exposes them to (slap, slap) host "defensive behaviors." So what's the advantage of letting a mosquito drink its fill? Because if you brush it away too soon, it might come back for more.
30 May 07
Nobody likes mosquitoes,I think.The city I live is wet and in the summer there are quite a lot mosquitoes.When the skin is biten by the mosquitoes,it becomes red and swollen and itchy.Do you have any good points to prevent yourself from the damned mosquitoes?You know,it's kinda difficult to catch a mosquito.
7 Jun 07
i too hate them... i am sure no one here would be loving mosquitoes. but one thing is quite true, man has still not been able to conquer mosquitoes. they develop the immunity to anything very quickly... and mosquitoes have been troubling the mankind since innumerable years.. There are many methods of control that can be implemented to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Local councils may use larvicides (pesticides that kill the larvae) which prevent mosquitoes from maturing to adults. In areas where there is a disease outbreak fogging may be considered as an option in order to kill the infected adult mosquito population. Other methods could include the use of parasites, predators or pathogens of mosquitoes to assist in reducing the population, but there is no biological control agent other than fish currently available for use against mosquitoes Simple measures can be taken by individuals to limit their contact with mosquitoes, Areas that are known to be infested with large numbers of mosquitoes shold be avoided. Activities that are scheduled for outdoors, especially around dusk should be limited, as the biting activity of many mosquitoes will peak during this period. Clothing that has long sleeves and long pants should be worn when visiting areas that are infested with mosquitoes. A chemical repellent that contains approx 20% DEET (diethyl toluamide) should be used on exposed areas of skin, but not repeatedly on young children. Windows and doors should be screened; water tanks also, using a small gauge mesh to exclude mosquitoes from these potential breeding sites. Empty all containers throughout the garden that hold water such as pot plant saucers, tyres, roof guttering and tins to prevent breeding. Bed nets are an effective barrier against biting insects at home or camping, and can now treated safely with an insecticide. Insecticidal sprays, and coils and electric mats, for use around the house can help in keeping mosquitoes at bay.