How Much Can a Mosquito Drink?

How Much Can a Mosquito Drink?


It’s summertime, and I can’t wait to open
my windows wide to let my little adorable flying friends in…said no one ever about
mosquitoes! I guess it’s because no one likes to wake
up to their squeaking or find nasty scratches as souvenirs the next morning. In fact, it’s not just the annoying itching
that mosquitoes leave behind. Their bites can impose a serious risk to your
health since they carry various diseases. Malaria is the most well known, and it kills
people around the world. Other dangerous infections they carry around
are West Nile virus (which has symptoms similar to flu but can seriously affect your nervous
system), Zika virus (which causes fever, joint pain, and rash), Yellow fever, and Dengue
fever (which can be deadly). While all this sounds pretty scary, it doesn’t
mean you have to build a glass dome around yourself and avoid any contact with nature. Not every mosquito bite can cause agonizing
pain and disaster. However, sometimes when it gets a bit too
intense, it leaves you wondering — what if they sucked all of my blood out of me? Is that physically possible? Let’s see. First of all, did you know that only female
mosquitoes can bite you? They need blood as their source of protein
and main course to develop their eggs. It won’t sound like much of a consolation,
I guess, but your blood isn’t their only type of meal. They also consume animal blood and various
sugars. Simply put, if female mosquitoes stop drinking
blood, they won’t be able to reproduce. As for the males, they use flower nectar as
their main source of nutrients, so you don’t have to worry about them. Even one encounter with a female mosquito
and its consequences might seem like a total disaster to you, but they don’t actually
eat that much. 3 milligrams or 5 millionths of a liter of
your blood is what’s in one serving for them. That amount sounds like really close to nothing,
but that is basically 2 or 3 times their body weight. An average adult human has about 1.2 to 1.5
gallons of blood running through their body. With some math, it becomes clear that it would
take around 1,000,000 mosquitoes to deprive you of blood altogether. That sounds like a good plot for a horror
movie, but it’s really unlikely to ever happen in real life. A female mosquito has receptors that release
chemicals, thanks to which it knows when to stop a meal and thank the cook. Once it’s had enough, the future mom will
find a safe place to process the food. This process takes a few hours, and then once
the eggs have been laid, it’s time to set off to hunt again. When they go on a hunt, it seems like there’s
something that’s guiding them, and there’s some kind of logic behind whom they pick as
victims. I think we all have that one friend who seems
to be a true mosquito magnet and gets all the unwanted attention and bites. Scientists have long been wondering what the
secret is here. In 2003, a group of researchers at the University
of California, Riverside, tried to identify the risk factors of getting attacked by these
little bloodsuckers. They found out that female mosquitoes have
around 72 types of odor receptors on their antennae. 27 of those receptors help them recognize
various chemicals in human sweat. In this way, they learn which human will be
a better feeding ground. Every human has around a trillion microbes
living on their skin. And you’ll love this if you strive to be
the one and only at everything…your collection of microbes is so unique that you only share
around 10% of them with other people. These microbes are responsible for your body
odor. What mosquitoes fall for is high amounts of
octenol and carbon dioxide in your microbe collection. The second thing they love about you is CO2
and lactic acid. Both work as mosquito attractants, and the
more carbon dioxide a person emits, the better. Larger people emit larger amounts of CO2,
so adults are more popular with mosquitoes than kids. And larger adults are their number one goal! Finally, the little flying vampires are attracted
to movement and heat. So don’t be surprised the next time you’re
playing Frisbee in your backyard on a hot summer day and the mosquitoes want to join
in! Anyone who’s ever been bitten by a mosquito
— so basically everyone! — knows that itching sensation and the red bumps with dots
in the middle they leave behind. Here’s what you should do if that happens
to you: To ease your suffering and reduce the irritation, it’s important to resist
scratching your battle wound so as not to infect it. Instead, gently wash it with soap and water
without bursting it. An ice pack will help reduce swelling and
pain. A paste of baking soda is a natural and effective
option to stop the itchiness. If nothing helps, go for oral antihistamines. However, just like with any disease, it’s
always better to prevent mosquito bites than to treat them, so here are a few things you
can do to protect yourself from unwanted insect attention. Wear tightly woven clothes in light colors. I know a flowing shirt or dress seem like
the ultimate summer choice to let your skin breathe and everything. Sadly, they don’t only give you joy but
also open the door to mosquitoes to penetrate and eat some of your precious blood. Long sleeves and pants will add extra protection
as well. And guess which colors mosquitoes like most
of all? Dark shades because they make you stand out
in a naturally light setting, making you easy prey to pick out. Wear something light to make things trickier
for them. Try oil of lemon eucalyptus spray. In 2017, a group of scientists in Kenya (who
were obviously concerned with mosquito bites themselves) did some research on the effects
of lemon eucalyptus spray on those flying vampires. All jokes aside, mosquitoes do present a serious
threat in Africa since they transmit deadly diseases. It turned out that oil of lemon eucalyptus
spray is just as effective as DEET at protecting your skin from mosquito bites. Keep your pools clean and your grass shredded. Have you ever covered yourself with repellent
head to toe as you relax by the pool in your backyard only to find an army of mosquitoes
knocking at your invisible door? Well, it’s not about the repellent, so it
must be something in the water! Mosquitoes like to breed in stagnant water. It could be a pond, a pool, or any other piece
of landscape design you forget to clean regularly. So give it a wash out to get rid of any possible
laid eggs. Replace standing water once a week, and treat
it with mosquito dunks. The same works for your lawn. Keep the grass shredded to deprive unwanted
guests from a perfect gathering spot. Grow some natural protectors. Use the power of herbs and flowers that’s
been known for centuries. Lemongrass, geranium, eucalyptus, rosemary,
basil, lavender, and mint (to name a few!) not only look good but will also help you
arrange mosquito-free zones. Plant a few of them in your garden, and keep
them as potted plants inside. Dry the herbs, and run your fingers through
them whenever you plan to go outside. You can also use their power as essential
oils by adding a few drops to some old cotton cloth. As you throw it in the dryer with your laundry,
it will share its aroma and stay with you as you go outside. Use the secret weapon. Here comes the big shocker! It turns out that your favorite perfume can
help repel the little bloodsuckers. In 2016, researchers at New Mexico State University
tested 10 perfumes to see if they were any good at mosquito protection. The Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever
mosquito that took part in the experiment showed a strong aversion toward Victoria’s
Secret Bombshell. What it was exactly that they hated so much
about the sugary, fruity odor remains a mystery, but a fact remains a fact — it did scare
away mosquitoes. Do you know of any other ways to protect yourself
from mosquitoes? Share your secret remedies in the comments
below. Don’t forget to give this video a like, share
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100 thoughts on “How Much Can a Mosquito Drink?”

  1. Hey there, BrightSiders! What’s more annoying: the noise of a mosquito somewhere around or your neighbor drilling holes in the walls for several hours in a row?

  2. Thos is how you avoid mousetitoes DO NOT GO OUT SIDE AND LIVE IN A LEMON HOUSE TO SURVIVE AN ATTACK kinda like sponge bob

  3. what about pools in a hotel your staying in, how do you protect yourself while your in the pool?

  4. I know how to be protected from mosquitoes

    Just lock tourself with a parfume and food and water for the whole summer and just survive!!! Lol

    (sorry for bad spelling)

  5. My mom had a dangue bite and survived but i think i was born at that time also? Idk she didn't tell me much 😂

  6. Question:do you know the other way to protect your self from mosquitoes??

    Me:slap the mosquitoes between your hand

  7. I recommend vixx because the mosquitos hate the stench, it even smells to humans and such

  8. I……………had a degue feyer and i stayed at the hospital for 2 months then i was almost gonna die but at the end i SURVIVED❤️🦟🦟🦟👉👉👉👉

  9. I already know these lol
    Even before bright side and already aware
    Fun (deadly)fact: mosquitos infected 1800 people on may and June alone and only 3 people died 🤓🧐

  10. Is mosquito bearing Cancer or HIB virus?

  11. I just got a mosquito bite under ny foot….. you know how hard it is to walk?!??!?
    Edit: i saw something and thought it was a mosquito.. i smaked it and found out it was a fly.🤣😂😂🤣🤣

  12. Last year I had an allergic reaction to the mosquito bite on my left thigh. It’s so big and swollen so I had to take Pepcid to calm it down

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