Why was the Mosquito man’s Great Enemy?

Imagine yourself sitting or playing outdoors on a pleasant summer day. You hear a humming noise. Soon you feel a sting on your leg or arm. You slap hard. You look down and see a tiny speck of blood.

You have just been engaged in a battle with one of the great enemies of mankind. To most of us, the mosquito is just an anoying pest. The humming noise about our heads (esspecially when were try to sleep) irritates us.

The mosquito, by spreading such diseases as malaria and yellow fever played a part in the fall of the ancient Greeks and Roman civilizations. It killed many of our pioneer ancestor when they opened up our Empire.

It preventid countries along tropical coasts and in hot climates from being settled and developing as they should. Fortunately, we have learned how to deal with the diseases that this “pest” used to spread throughout the world.

The male musquito feeds only on plant juices, but the female prefers blood! So the female is the one that bites you. And what equipment she has for doing and expert job! The “beak” of the female mosquito holds  daggers with sawlike tips, plus a tube for injecting and a tube for sucking.

As soon as she settles on your skin, she starts sawing. Into the tiny hole she injects a chemical so that your blood will not coagulate, or form a dry clot. Then she sucks up the blood she has prepared and flies off.

The itching you feel is not caused by the “bite”. it is caused by the liquid she has injected. So if you kill her before she can suck back that irritating liquid, your itching will be worse!   

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