Do mosquitoes die after they bite you? The answer is nothing. Mosquitoes can bite a person several times in one night. Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence or cause for mosquitoes to die after eating.
After a few minutes, a crimson puffy bump may form. Small blisters may appear instead of hard lumps in some circumstances. Even a day after the bites, hard lumps, generally irritating, can form. You may only see dark marks that appear to be bruises on occasion.
The answer is nothing. Mosquitoes are capable of biting humans several times in one night. That’s how you know that they don’t really die after biting you. Also, there is absolutely no biological reason or proof suggesting that mosquitoes die after feeding. The only way they could die though is if you are a good shot and nail them with a swat, or swipe them clean with an electric bat or knock them dead with a mosquito repellent, the list goes on. I’m sure you get the point.
Unlike honey bees, mosquitoes pierce the skin with their sharp mouthpiece also known as proboscis and after feeding, they fly away full and unharmed, without leaving the proboscis or rather any other part of their body behind. Smart eh?
What happens when mosquitoes bite?
Dealing with mosquito bites is a common hazard when you live in a tropical area like the Americas. Knowing about mosquitoes can help identify their bites against bites of other bugs or insects and help combat them efficiently. Here are a few symptoms of mosquito bites:
- A reddish puffy bump can appear a few minutes after the bite
- In some cases, you may see small blisters instead of hard bumps
- Hard bumps, usually itchy ones can appear even a day after the bites
- Sometimes you may just notice dark spots that look like bruises
- Children are easy targets for mosquito bites, which can get severe if not treated correctly and in a timely manner
- Adults too who have not been exposed to the same mosquito species before could react differently (not in a good way) to the bites
- People with existing immune disorders are more likely to get sicker
Generally, mosquito bites fade away on their own and do not require treatment, but sometimes they can cause further complications such as:
- Scratching the bites can lead to skin infections
- Deadly diseases – Mosquitoes can be carriers of dangerous viruses like dengue and west nile and parasites, such as malaria which can make you really sick. Mosquitoes contract the virus or parasites when they feed on an already infected person or animal and then spread this through their bites. Not everyone bitten by an infected mosquito gets sick though. That’s a relief! If you get severe symptoms though, from the bites such as high fever, it is best to consult a doctor at the earliest.
So how do we treat and prevent mosquito bites? Find out here
- Cold compress – Apply an ice pack or a bag of frozen veggies. This helps soothe the bites.
- Washing – Washing the area infected with soap and water sanitizes and cleanses the skin, providing relief.
- Baking soda – This is a commonly available ingredient in most kitchens. Form a paste with water and apply it to the bites. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and wash. This provides relief from the itching.
- Anti-itch creams – You can use an over-the-counter anti-itch or antihistamine cream to relieve the itching and reduce the redness. Be sure you read the instructions carefully before applying. A patch test is advisable before use.
Prevention is better than… yeah yeah, we all know that, but rarely actually adhere to it. Here are a few tips on preventing mosquito bites:
- Clothing – Wear long-sleeve shirts and long pants when you step out for an evening outing. Wearing loose clothing helps as it becomes difficult for mosquitoes to penetrate through your clothing easily.
- Repellents – Repellents are effective in keeping mosquitoes at bay in most cases. They are available in liquid form, creams, etc
- Controlling the breeding and spread – Always ensure that there is no stagnant water around your home. You can also use netting to cover your windows and beds at night.
We wished that mosquitoes did actually die like the honey bees, sort of punishment for stealing valuable blood without your permission. But alas, it doesn’t work like that with mosquitoes.
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