Mosquito Facts And How To Keep Them Away

Here I want to share with you some mosquito facts and the mosquito life cycle. I'll try to help you not get mosquito bites and tell you the differences in mosquito repellants.

The mosquito's have four stages of life. The Egg...To Larva...To Pupa...To Adult.

The Larva live in water and come to the surface to breathe. They shed their skin 4 times...each time growing larger. They feed on micro-organisms. On the forth molt it changes into pupa. This stage lasts 4-14 days.

The Pupa is a resting stage. It doesn't feed during this time. In 1-4 days it will turn into an adult. The skin splits open and the adult emerges.

The adult

will rest on the surface of the water for 2 days. During this time, it allows itself to dry out, harden and spread its wings. After 2 days it flies off to mate and feed.

My Best Mosquito Facts

The mosquito facts are that they thrive in moist and warm environment. The Male lives for 1 to 2 weeks. The female lives for about 1 month. So that means that many generations of mosquito's are born every season. Water has to be present for the mosquito life cycle to be completed. Only the female mosquito bites us. The male mosquito feeds off of plant juices.

Here is my mosquito fact for you: It is the females that bite us for our blood. She uses the blood meal so that she can develop eggs.

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So What Is A Good Mosquito Repellant?

Well, I think the best defense is to wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Mosquito's can bite any time of day. But they are most active from dusk to dawn (usually 6pm to 6am). Sometimes (usually spring to late summer) we need a repellent. If you take a B6, B12 or B complex vitamin Mosquito's will not eat you! It takes at least month of taking B vitamins regularly to get into your system. If mosquito's are eating are low on your B vitamins!

What Is DEET And Is It Bad For Us?

DEET is short for N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide. A chemical that works very well at keeping mosquito's away. It keeps them away because they can't stand the smell of the chemical. It is a known mosquito fact that mosquito's hate the smell of DEET. This chemical was designed to melt plastic and eat through nylon.

The problem with DEET is that it is a known neuro-toxin. If you ingest it, it can kill you (so wash your hands if you use it and keep it out of the eyes, nose and mouth). It is not water soluble so it stays on your skin for 8 hours.

It is known to cause kidney and liver failure. It is also known to cause birth defects on the unborn child of a pregnant woman. It is known to cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, joint pain and mess with one's memory and muscle control. It absolutely should not be used on an infant that is under the age of 6 months. There is a debate on with or not it can cause cancer.

I would never put on a repellent that has DEET in it and then put on sunscreen. The chemicals do not mix and you will more than likely get sick. And since sunscreen has to be reapplied more than mosquito repellent, you are just pushing the DEET into the pores of your skin every time you apply sunscreen. If you must use DEET, then put in on your clothes and not your skin. If you insist on putting it on your skin, get a repellent that has a low concentration of DEET (like 20%-30%. Do not use the 100% concentration.) Never put it on an open sore or cut.

Natural Mosquito Repellent

Since I have a child who is overcoming autism, I want a repellent that has does not have DEET in it. There are alternatives worth considering. I find that products with picaridin, mint or oil of lemons eucalyptus do work. I find that natural mosquito repellants need to be reapplied every 2-4 hours. My experience is that citronella products do not work at repelling the mosquito's.

If You Do Get Bit...

It's an unfortunate mosquito fact that I have learned that even putting a repellent on, we sometimes get bit. I tell my kids not to scratch mosquito bites. It only makes them worse. I always put my fingernail in the middle of the bite and push down. It helps a little bit to subside the itching. A cold rag or some water on the bite helps them not to itch not so much also.

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