Mosquitos

Mosquitos

Mosquitos

Mosquitos are small delicate insects that are related to fly’s. The female mosquito is the one that actually make this insect fall into the category of being a pest. A female is required to have a blood feed before she produces eggs.

Mosquitos in fact don’t bite the skin, but use their long thin proboscis to penetrate the skin and acquire the blood. The skin irritation is due to the insects’ saliva which is transferred during this process.

 

Why do they always bite me?

As pest controllers we are often told that “I must taste good because they always bite me” from clients, in actual fact it’s a combination of the amount of carbon dioxide, genetics, and cholesterol among other things. It’s reported that a mosquito can detect the presence of carbon dioxide from up to 50 meters away.

 

Disease Transmission

Mosquitos are known to transmit many different types of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, encephalitis of various kinds, Ross River fever. Although we don’t see malaria here in Australia since it was stamped out in the early 80’s, it is found not too far away in some of the Torres Straight Islands but more so Papua New Guinea, and North Queensland also has regular occurrences of the potentially fatal dengue fever.