Mosquito bite questions
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Mosquito bite question #1
Has anybody ever died of mosquito bite? (Leane)
Indeed this is a very good question that a lot of people think of but are unable to find a good answer to. Our answer would be YES and NO, for more information, please check the article in our Mosquito Bite section "Has anybody died of mosquito bite yet?"
Mosquito bite question #2
I was recently in Central America, and I was attacked in my sleep by mosquitos. I suffered over 200 bites all over my body. It has been over a month and I still have bite marks that still itch. Should I be concerned? (Jerry)
Bite marks can still be visible for a quite long time, but itching usually stops in several days. If you’ve been scratching those little bite bumps over and over, that’s why it still itches. Your organism is fighting mosquito saliva that was injected during the female mosquito bite by forming those hives - it releases chemical called histamine which causes your blood vessels to enlarge near the bite place. When you scratch, you are forcing your body to start its work again and again.
Some people are more sensitive to mosquito bites than others and allergic reactions could develop. You may also be interested in reading Mosquito bite reaction .
If itching is the only problem, you should look for anti-itch cream in drug store. Other possible ways to fight itching are described in Mosquito bite treatment and Mosquito bite remedy section.
There is always a possibility that you got infected with some kind of microorganism by mosquito or during the scratching, especially knowing that you’ve been visiting Central America. So if anti-itching products won’t help, you should see your doctor.
On the other hand, if you feel sick, experience severe headaches, fever, disorientation, muscle aches and pain, you should see your doctor immediately!
Mosquito bite question #3
I am writing because I have two small children (2yr old and 1yr old) and they get bit all the time. Ilive by water. Right now each of them have at least five bites each. I spray them with off almost every night before bed and they still wake up with bites.Any suggestions? (Monique)
We would recommend you to try using mosquito bed nets, also called bed net canopies. As your children are so small, it would be easy and inexpensive to put mosquito net over their beds. You won’t need to spray them any more, which is good keeping in mind that usually it is still unknown what a long lasting impact of different chemicals could be. Different other insects such as house flies would not bother your sleeping children anymore if you use a mosquito net.
We assume you have already read our Mosquito control section and you can select which other measures could fit your needs. Just if the main goal is to prevent your children from being bitten at night, we recommend using inexpensive natural barriers – mosquito nets.
There is also a possibility that your children got bitten by common bed bug (Cimex lectularius), although it is quite small unless you unknowingly brought those bugs from infested hotel or they came from your neighbors (if you live in a multi-unit dwelling).
Mosquito bite question #4
What is the length of the mosquito’s' proboscis? How far can a mosquito insert the proboscis in its victim? (Julius)
Well, this question cannot be answered absolutely precisely, because there are many mosquito species which are different in size. Moreover, mosquitoes of the same species could be of different sizes, depending on conditions of larvae development – if larvae grew undernourished, adult mosquitoes would be smaller. As proboscis doesn’t grow independently from the whole body, its length correlates with the length of all the body. Anyway, most of the commonest mosquitoes have the proboscis 0.1 – 0.14 inches (2,5-3,5 mm) long and half or even 2/3 of it is usually inserted in victim’s body.