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Although most mosquito bites are harmless and do not carry the risk of serious illnesses, Canada has seen a dramatic increase in annual reports of mosquito-borne diseases. In particular these include viruses spread by certain mosquito species like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
A person’s chance of becoming ill from a single mosquito bite remains relatively low. Nevertheless, you should always ensure that you take the appropriate steps necessary to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family thus reducing the risks in being infected by a serious vector-borne disease.
Female mosquitoes are attracted to us by our body heat, the carbon dioxide in our breath, perspiration on our skin and even our body odor. They are capable of travelling between 1 - 2 miles in search of a blood meal.
Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices because their mouth parts are not designed for piercing skin and feeding on protein.
Have you ever wondered why mosquito bites itch? When you're bitten by a mosquito, your body reacts by producing histamine to fight the bite. The histamine causes a bump to form in the affected area which irritates nerves, causing an itchy feeling.
The swelling will usually subside as the immune cells in your body break down the foreign agents in the blood stream and generally disappear before the itching does.
Reaction to bites will vary from person to person. Symptoms that develop are just our immune system’s response to their saliva. Mosquitoes don’t actually inject anything into us when they bite.
Young children and those with repeated bites are more likely to develop a severe reaction.
Consult a doctor if:
Call an ambulance immediately if a bite causes swelling to the throat, mouth or tongue that restricts breathing.
Call Rentokil Steritech now at 1-877-690-2115 or contact us online to benefit from a range of affordable and efficient mosquito control solutions.
We provide season-long mosquito control by creating a mosquito-free barrier around your property and by targeting adult mosquitoes where they rest using conventional or all-natural materials.