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How often does a mosquito bite?

16 February 2022 / Maayk

We all recognise the annoying itch of a mosquito bite, but how often does a mosquito bite? We will give you a tip in advance: Do not disturb a mosquito while biting; otherwise, you will never get rid of it!

How many times does a mosquito bite?

Before you run to shoo away a mosquito that lands on your skin, wait a minute! It turns out that a mosquito is more likely to bite more often if it is disturbed. If a mosquito can “bite” quietly, once is enough to get enough blood.

By the way, did you know that mosquitoes actually bite and don’t bite? This is because these creatures do not have a stinger, as, for example, a wasp does.

Why do mosquitoes bite?

Mosquitoes bite the skin to suck blood, which is essential for their reproductive process. When they bite, they suck blood to obtain these essential nutrients. So it is not so much the hunger for blood that drives them, but rather the need to survive and reproduce.

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Which mosquitoes bite more often?

Unfortunately for us, some mosquitoes bite more often. It’s been proven that mosquitoes infected with malaria can bite much more often. These infected mosquitoes have a harder time sucking up blood, causing them to bite several times. Unfortunately, this way, more people could become infected with malaria.

Difference between male and female mosquitoes

We already mentioned that mosquitoes bite so they can reproduce. Your blood contains specific proteins necessary for the development of their eggs. So it’s no surprise that female mosquitoes are always biting you. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about male mosquitoes since only the female mosquitoes bite. How do you recognise them? Female mosquitoes can buzz endlessly, while male mosquitoes can fly silently. Baby mosquitoes are then born within three days.

Who do mosquitoes prefer to bite?

Do you feel that you are the biggest victim of the mosquito time and again? Chances are you are an athlete, a man or a pregnant woman! It turns out that mosquitoes signal you in a certain way. The moment you have exercised, these signals become more intense. A mosquito feels the heat of your body, but also the carbon dioxide content in your breath! Crazy, right? It also appears that men and pregnant women are more often victims of mosquito bites.

How to prevent mosquito bites?

Of course, you prefer not to get stung at all. Fortunately, there are several ways to avoid a mosquito bite. We are happy to share our best tips with you!

Pro tips to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Wear light and sturdy clothing
  • Use mosquito nets or bed canopies
  • Try mosquito repellents
  • Avoid water bodies at dusk and dawn

Mosquito net or bed canopy

Do you often wake up at night to the annoying buzzing of a mosquito? Waking up to a mosquito buzz, bite or itching is annoying.

Then a bed canopy or mosquito net, also know as mosquito mesh, is perfect for you! It keeps mosquitoes away so that you can enjoy your well deserved night’s sleep. Read more about different types of mosquito nets for beds.

Mosquito nets and canopies are also good outside…..see our collection of outdoor mosquito canopies

In addition, a mosquito net or bed canopy is a perfect decorative item in your bedroom or outdoors. At Bambulah, we have an extensive range of bed canopies, which combine ultimate protection with an iconic style. All our bed canopies are designed by ourselves, truly Dutch Design. We paid attention to even the smallest details making our mosquito nets/ bed canopies unique. Don’t hesitate to view our Entire Collection. 

Find your favourite double bed canopies

Light and sturdy clothing to repel mosquitoes

Did you know that a mosquito is more likely to be attracted to dark clothing? So wear light clothes if you go for a walk on a hot summer day! In addition, mosquitoes sting right through thin pants, skirts and socks. Therefore, make sure that you wear reasonably sturdy clothing, which is loose around your body. This way, it is much more difficult for a mosquito to bite through.

Mosquito repellents

Deet

When you are outside and do not have the protection of a mosquito net, then Deet comes in handy. Deet is a substance that repels insects, so you can ensure that the mosquitoes stay at a distance. Deet is available in various drugstores in concentrations of 10% to 50%. The higher the percentage, the longer the substance is active, like sunscreen.

With Deet, you can stay protected for an average of 10 hours against ticks and mosquitoes with a concentration of 50%. However, it is good to know that these products have an age restriction! For example, high concentrations can only be used from 18 years old. Therefore, always discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist beforehand.

Mosquito lamps and lanterns

Mosquito lamps and lanterns are area repellents designed to protect a larger space. These devices work by emitting a light that attracts mosquitoes and other flying insects. Once the insects get close, they are either zapped by an electric grid or trapped in a container. Some models also release a repellent or insecticide to further deter mosquitoes.

These are particularly useful for outdoor gatherings on patios, decks, or in yards. However, their range is limited, and they might not provide complete protection against mosquito bites. To maximize effectiveness, it’s important to place the devices at the right height and location, away from people, as mosquitoes are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide.

Thermacell

Thermacell is another popular option for mosquito protection, operating on a different principle than mosquito lamps and lanterns. Instead of attracting and trapping mosquitoes, Thermacell devices repel them by releasing allethrin, a synthetic copy of a natural repellent found in chrysanthemum flowers.

The device works by heating a small mat soaked with allethrin, dispersing the repellent into the air and creating a 15-foot protection zone. This makes Thermacell an excellent mosquito repellent choice for activities like camping, fishing, or sitting around in your backyard, as it provides a mosquito-free bubble wherever you go. It’s compact, portable, and doesn’t require an electrical outlet, running on butane cartridges.

Read more about mosquitoes from the official centres for disease control and prevention.

As many times as it needs to get full. Female mosquitoes bite every two or three days, depending on their species and environmental conditions.

Yes, a single female mosquito can bite multiple times. After biting and feeding on blood, it takes a couple of days to digest the blood and develop eggs before she is ready to bite again.

Mosquitoes are generally more active during dawn and dusk. However, some species prefer to bite at night, while others are more active during the day.

Mosquitoes tend to bite some people more due to varying body odors, chemicals, and the amount of CO2 produced, with those having warmer body temperatures and Type O blood being particularly susceptible. The presence of sweat and specific skin bacteria also plays a significant role in attracting mosquitoes.

Author

Maayk

Maayk is the co-founder of Bambulah, a sustainable bed canopy / mosquito net brand. With a wealth of travel and expat experience, he's woven cultural richness into Bambulah. His passion drives the brand's success, and Bali is his inspiration. Within less than 3 years, Bambulah is now among the world's largest mosquito net brands, committed to sustainability.

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