Curiosities: Why do mosquito bites itch?


Here we go!!

By Eddy Montilla.

Before the answer, let me tell you as a joke that this is one of the few cases in which “males” are harmless and nobody can blame us for anything since only female mosquitos… bite! And they do that because they need blood to develop fertile eggs. Male mosquitos are vegetarian and they feed on flower nectar, plant fluids, etc. Perhaps, their only fault is to mate and procreate more mosquitoes!!

And now, let’s see the answer. After finding a blood vessel, the mosquito releases her saliva before extracting the blood from people or animals. This saliva is the responsible for the annoying itching, stinging sensation and mild swelling. Mosquito saliva contains an anticoagulant substance that keeps her meal, I mean, your blood flowing and makes it more palatable. Finally, never kill a mosquito after biting you because you are brothers: Have the same blood!!

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2 Responses to Curiosities: Why do mosquito bites itch?

  1. talemwa vicent says:

    What Is the name of that anticoagulant

  2. The name of the anticoagulants seem to differ from insects to insects. For instance, in the case of leeches, it is called hirudin.

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