Do Mosquitoes Bite?
Mosquitoes are loathed around the world for their bites. Female mosquitoes “bite” us by piercing our skin with the proboscis to draw blood. Mosquitoes don’t only bite humans, but also other mammals and birds. Their bites cause rashes and bumps on the skin.
More infamously, mosquitoes are known to transmit a number of dangerous diseases. Luckily, mosquito-borne diseases in the North and East Bay are a very rare occurrence. Nonetheless, no one wants to have to deal with a mosquito bite.
Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?
Female mosquitoes bite to take nutrients from our blood. They can only develop their eggs properly after doing so. While we call them “bites,” what mosquitoes actually do is pierce our skin with their proboscis, much like a needle. The proboscis makes use of two tubes, one to draw blood from the host and another to replace the blood with a mixture of saliva and chemicals to reduce pain and prevent clotting. Male mosquitoes have a proboscis but do not bite humans.
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Symptoms of Mosquito Bites in the North and East Bay
Mosquito bites usually occur on exposed skin. The most common symptoms of mosquito bites are:
- Pink or red bumps will form just minutes after a mosquito bite.
- Over the next few days, they will become itchy, red, and dark.
- Mosquito bite bumps are less than 1/2″ across.
- Itchiness is the most common symptom of mosquito bites. Scratching the bites will worsen your symptoms.
- In severe cases, fever, severe headaches, nausea, and fatigue can all indicate a more serious issue. Contact your doctor if you’re experiencing these symptoms.
Will Mosquitoes Bite Cats and Dogs?
Mosquitoes bite your pets, whether they’re cats, dogs, or any other small mammal. Cats experience less bites than dogs because of their thicker coats, but they are susceptible to bites on their nose and ears. Dogs are an easy and common target for mosquitoes. In addition to giving them itchy and annoying bumps, mosquitoes can transmit diseases to animals, too.