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Do Mosquitoes Bite?

Well-known for their irritating bites, female mosquitoes penetrate the skin with their proboscis to consume blood from humans, birds, and mammals. These bites can leave marks and cause skin irritation. Mosquitoes are also carriers of various diseases, though fortunately, instances of mosquito-borne illnesses are uncommon in Flushing NY. Nonetheless, the annoyance and potential health risks of mosquito bites are concerns for many.

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Why Do Mosquitoes Bite?

The act of biting by female mosquitoes is driven by their need for blood’s nutrients, crucial for egg development. This process allows the mosquito to proceed with breeding and egg-laying. Contrary to popular terminology, the mosquito isn’t biting but rather using her proboscis in a manner akin to a needle to pierce the skin. This proboscis houses two tubes: one for injecting saliva with chemicals that minimize pain and blood clotting, and another for drawing blood.

Mosquito Bite Symptoms in Flushing NY

Typically targeting uncovered skin, mosquito bites lead to immediate symptoms, including:

  • Itchy, pinkish-red bumps appearing minutes after being bitten.
  • Bumps may darken and enlarge slightly within a day or two.
  • Bite marks are generally small, under ½ inch in diameter.
  • Itching is the most common reaction, and scratching can exacerbate the symptoms, potentially causing bruising or more severe skin reactions. 
  • Should symptoms like fever, intense headaches, nausea, or fatigue arise, seeking medical advice is recommended as they might indicate a more serious condition.

Do Mosquitoes Bite Dogs or Cats?

Mosquitoes indeed bite pets, affecting cats, dogs, and other animals. Cats, with their dense fur, are less susceptible but may receive bites on less protected areas like the ears and nose. Dogs are more prone to mosquito bites. Beyond irritation, mosquitoes can transmit diseases to pets similarly to humans, highlighting the importance of prevention or extermination measures against mosquitoes.

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