Do Mosquitoes Bite?
Mosquitoes are well known for their bites. Female mosquitoes inject their proboscis into hosts to feed on their blood. These bites lead to bumps and rashes on the skin. Mosquito hosts could include humans, mammals, and some smaller bird species.
Even more infamously, mosquito bites are linked to a list of dangerous diseases worldwide. Luckily, diseases stemming from mosquito bites are very rare around Moore County NC, but regardless, no one wants to deal with mosquito bites.
Why Do Mosquitoes Need To Bite?
Many people don’t know that male mosquitoes don’t bite at all! Female mosquitoes bite people to access nutrients in our blood that are necessary for the development of their eggs. While we call this a bite, the process actually involves the female mosquito piercing skin with her proboscis. This two-tube mouthpart draws blood in while replacing it with a mixture of saliva and chemicals to reduce pain and prevent blood clotting. Acquiring a host’s blood allows them to breed and continue the reproductive cycle.
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Mosquito Bite Symptoms in Moore County
The following are the most common symptoms that stem from mosquito bites:
- Just after the mosquito bites you, a white to pinkish-red bite will form on the skin.
- Over the next few days, these bites often darken and harden while becoming itchier.
- The bumps reach about 1/2″ across at their largest.
- If you itch your bites too much, bruises and rashes can form.
- Fever, severe headaches, nausea, and fatigue are symptoms of more serious cases. Always consult a medical professional if you are experiencing these symptoms and you believe them to be related to a recent mosquito bite.
Will Mosquitoes Bite My Pets?
Mosquitoes will bite cats, dogs, and other small animals. In general, the thicker the coat of hair the animal has, the lesser the likelihood of a bite. Dogs and cats are susceptible to receiving bites behind the ears and other areas where their coats aren’t as dense. On top of giving your pets itchy bites, mosquitoes can transmit diseases to animals just as they do to humans.