When Abroad ! Mosquitto on Your Travels

By: Manbeer Singh
Next time you go on vacation to a tropical country, you will no doubt encounter the Mosquito on your travels. At all costs you must not get bitten by one (or more) as they carry many killer diseases and the quality of hospital care available in the third world leaves much to be desired.Too much to ask you might think ?By planning your trip well and taking our advice, which was obtained through personal experience very recently you can avoid being bitten.These are important words, and we hope you will heed our kind advice, as any reduction in suffering is clearly desirable, especially for the Young Uns. They need to be protected jealously from the myriad of Mosquito borne sicknesses.Mosquitoes carry various types of bacteria, viruses, and parasites, and the worst of these is Malaria, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis, Nile Fever and Dengue Fever.INTERESTING FACT: Mosquitoes kill more people every year than any other animal on the Planet !Mosquito carried illnesses kill millions of young children every year, because children's immune systems are not fully developed and cannot cope with the fatal onslaught.Mosqutoes are waiting in their strongholds for You and other travellers, as they have done for millennia, and they are built to perfection, to assist them in their Blood thirsty search.How do "Mozzies" locate you ?Mosquitoes detect the carbon dioxide in your exhaled breath and then fly upwind along the air draughts to locate the source of it, ie.

YOU !They don't have great vision, but if you move they can see the movement in daytime or at night as they have Night Vision capability - they can see Infra Red Light - that is they see warm/hot things clearly in pitch black darkness and you are giving of that Invisible Warm Light from every inch of your juicy body in the dark.Also they can detect your sweat to be able to home in on you, land on your bare skin, and they insert their dirty, infected, syringe-style needle (Proboscis) into your flesh and then start gorging themselves on your lifeblood.During the Summer Heat in the daytime it is too hot for Mosquitoes to be flying around, so they find a cool place to relax in before hunting time at dusk in the evening, when the sun goes down.However if you are nearby and rouse them, they will drink your blood, as you have provided them with a perfect Dinner Invitation to feed on you.All Mosquitoes feed on flower nectar to survive, however the female Mosquito needs the iron and protein etc. in your blood to make eggs, and thus most species are able to suck blood which is called Haematophagy (enter stage right Count Dracula).The biggest species of Mosquito does not drink blood, it's larvae eat the larvae of other Mosquitoes ! This why this large type of Mosquito Eater was bred on occasions for Pest control purposes with little result due to the vast stagnant areas that are available for breeding.Well - how can you go on Holiday to a much desired exotic location, and guarantee to survive healthy and well and also live to tell the tale?

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