Nearly every holiday that I have been on, I have been bitten by mosquitoes. They are terrible insects who are considered to be nuisances and pests because they consume the blood of humans as well as animals and don’t I know it! They’ve drained me enough times!
This holiday in Canada was no exception even though I covered myself in insect repellent containing Deet, which is supposed to be extremely effective against mosquito bites but to be honest; I don’t think the mosquitoes got the memo.
The females are the culprits. They are the ones that feed on blood and you may be (or not) interested to know that when they feed their abdomen expands up to three times their own body weight!
Mosquitoes cause more deaths than any other animal in the world because of the different diseases that they carry. All I know is that the red lumps that they leave behind are unsightly, sore and disfiguring.
To say that I hate these ‘little flies’ (this is what the word means in Spanish and Portuguese) is an understatement and one early evening in Banff, my lovely husband and I were attacked by a swarm of them. It was not a pleasant experience.
Did you know that the reason that they fly around your head is because they can sense CO2 or carbon dioxide when we breathe it out through our nose and mouth. That is why they prefer heavy breathers. They also prefer O- blood types, pregnant women and people with a high body heat.
I’m not sure about my blood type and I know that I’m definitely not pregnant so I must have a boiling hot, hell-fiery body heat for them to be so attracted to me!
However, this is enough information about these nasty little creatures. I actually wrote a poem about them after this particular encounter. I hope you like it.
Ninja winged warriors
And leaving behind
A pitted landscape
On the surface skin