Mosquitoes love heat and humidity – both at the moment they get enough of. Simple tricks to help protect against bites and itching.
Mosquitoes thrive in moist heat particularly well
Idyll on the lake, less than 28 degrees, although the sun has gone down. But the enjoyment of nature destroy swarms of gnats that eagerly pounce on people. With the rainy weather in recent days, wetlands and ponds are formed where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and brakes. “The warm temperatures cause that mosquito larvae hatch in that time, millions of eggs,” said the Munich-based specialist in tropical medicine Nicholas Frühwein the cause. Those who had hoped that the severe winter, the eggs of the blood-suckers would have destroyed permanently wrong, unfortunately. “Even strong-zero temperatures, the eggs of most mosquitoes can easily survive.”
Power food for the young
Egg, larva, pupa and fly – so runs the development cycle. Required for the insect – depending on the type – just a few days or a few weeks. Especially the females need blood meals to lay eggs. The males stand out, depending on the content of rare species and is mainly concerned with plant nectar.
Sweet tooth desires are
Although mosquitoes can barely see, however, have highly developed sensory organs that are specialized in fragrance molecules. Their human prey mosquitoes to detect scents that we ourselves can hardly notice. Skin bacteria produce our individual smell, consisting of lactic acid and ammonia, among other things. He attracts the insects for miles. They develop for certain people because of their fragrance a special fondness. Desire is so-called sweet blood. “Those who risked so much as sugary beverages increases to attract the insects particularly strong,” says Nicholas breakfast wine. They also have a big appetite for fat, cholesterol-rich blood then. Fat and sugar are so to speak, force food for the insects.