Are Mosquito Bites Worse Now Than They Were in the Past?
It has recently been noticed that mosquito bites have become more and more severe than before, and hardly a day in the clinic is free of cases of mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes are a type of insect, widespread in all parts of the earth except Antarctica and Iceland.
Like other insects, it has many types of up to 3000 species and differs from one place to another. However, in recent decades, given the increased intensity of air transport between countries, it is not surprising that there is a common type of mosquito in Southeast Asia, spread in America or in the Middle East.
One example of this is the presence of the Asian Tiger Mosquito , which has become very popular recently, as it has been seen and photographed by many people, and this mosquito is characterized by black and white colors on the body and legs, and perhaps its recent presence among us is what It causes the body to react severely to its bites; Since we were not used to this type before.
Usually, the person does not feel the mosquito bites when it occurs, as the mosquito secretes substances that numb the skin and work to prevent blood clotting factors to feed on it for as long as possible, but after that, itching, redness and swelling begin in the place and this is due to the body’s reaction to the mosquito’s saliva.
It is worth noting that it is the female mosquito that feeds on blood; To obtain the protein necessary for the formation of eggs, as for the male mosquito, he feeds on the flowers only. Thus, the female mosquito is the most deadly animal on earth, as it is a carrier of many viruses and diseases, the most important of which are malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and West Nile fever.
How do we prevent mosquito bites?
The first step: controlling the water sources, which are the main place for mosquitoes to breed and lay their eggs, as mosquitoes need water to reproduce and lay their eggs, and the first two stages of a mosquito’s life (larvae) are in the water; It is essential to get rid of standing water around homes, under plant beds and to keep water tanks tightly closed.
The second step: I mentioned previously that mosquito bites may cause itching and swelling, and may cause the transmission of viruses and diseases. Therefore, the use of insect repellents on exposed skin is a necessary step to prevent bites, especially in children, who are more susceptible to allergies and bloating.
The place of the bite should also be washed with cold water and soap as soon as possible, and a dermatologist should be consulted if the sensitivity is severe, so that allergy treatments, cortisone and antibiotics can be dispensed if necessary.
How to make a effective cheap trap for flies and mosquitoes at home?
Try one of the most known and familiar homemade mosquito traps
Tools needed: Large, empty bottle, protector or cutter, the provided marker or felt-tip pen, 1 cup of boiling water, ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 gram of yeast, adherence tape.
Preparing the bottle: we use a marker to draw a mark in the middle of the bottle. The center can be measured with a ruler or tape and the mark is on the entire circumference of the bottle, using a knife we cut the bottle in half according to the marks we drew, we do not throw away the top, but leave it, pay attention to the edges of the bottle after cutting because Sharp so you can wrap the edges with masking tape to avoid cutting your hands.
Preparing the trap to get rid of the mosquitoes: We put a certain amount of water in the pot until it boils completely and then the water can be used in the trap, in the half with the bottom of the bottle we pour brown sugar, taking care not to leave the sugar on the wall of the bottle from the outside, carefully add boiling water to the brown sugar Let the mixture stand for an hour to cool, later add the yeast to the sugar and water and you won’t need to stir because the yeast absorbs the sugar and emits carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes.
Installing the trap: We bring the other part of the bottle and place it in the opposite half inside the first half.
We put the adhesive tape on the edges to install the trap. Place the trap in a place close to flies and mosquitoes. Every two weeks we wash the trap and repeat the process until it remains effective in eliminating flies.