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How and Why a Mosquito Bites You

Mosquito Bite

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  • Female mosquitoes feed on human blood, not for their own nutritional purposes but in order to produce their eggs
  • The mosquito has a mouthpart called a proboscis, which is like a hypodermic needle.
  • She uses the proboscis to pierce your skin and probe around until she finds a capillary to suck the blood from
  • While biting, mosquitoes inject saliva into your body to stop your blood from coagulating; this is the point at which she can transmit diseases directly into your bloodstream

By Dr. Mercola

Mosquitoes are one of the few annoyances of summer. To be fair, they do serve a purpose in the environment. Mosquito larvae are a popular snack for fish and other aquatic creatures while adult mosquitoes provide food for birds, bats, and spiders.


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