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ohDEER Discusses the Mosquito Bite – Which Isn’t Really a Bite

Female mosquito feeding on human (Image credit: Sean McCann/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA)

ohDEER is the leader in all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control.

We launched in 2007, and over the following 12 years have had the privilege of servicing a growing number of clients: families, individuals, and businesses.

ohDEER has been fortunate to own and operate a business that has done well and earned the trust of many.

Six years ago, ohDEER founded its franchise enterprise, and today, through our corporate office in Wayland, MA, and our expanding franchise network, we provide our all-natural deer, mosquito, and tick control solutions throughout all of Massachusetts (including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket) and Rhode Island; the eastern area of Long Island, NY; and Central New Jersey.

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Day in and day out – especially during the warm and hot times of the year – ohDEER does its part in the epic human battle against mosquitoes that has been going on for as long as modern humans have been on earth:  about 200,000 years.

(Compared to mosquitoes – which were on the planet starting in the neighborhood of 120 million years ago – we are newcomers.)

As government agencies and media outlets have been responsibly and valuably reporting recently, identified in 2019 in Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Long Island, NY; and New Jersey are mosquitoes carrying two diseases – both which mosquitoes can transmit to humans, and both which can make people sick:  West Nile virus, the disease borne by mosquitoes that most commonly makes people sick in the continental United States; and eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), which few people become infected with across America every year, but which is a far more serious and deadly disease than West Nile.

Having your property treated with mosquito-control solutions is a smart component of keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.  Just as important is wearing mosquito repellant when you are outdoors.

Of course, at least in these parts, the most common and biggest mosquito nuisance that people know personally and first-hand is that female which mosquitoes deliver.

You see, only the female mosquito bites (actually she pierces your skin with her proboscis), and that is for the purpose of feeding on blood necessary to produce eggs.

Male mosquitoes feed on flower nectar, an activity a by-product of which is one of the few positives that mosquitoes render our planet – that would be pollination.

There is also that infernal noise of the female mosquito approaching – a hybrid whine and whistle created with the flapping of her wings.  Male mosquitoes also make a noise with their wings, but it is not as loud or high-pitched, and since they don’t attack us, we don’t hear them much.

After the female mosquito lances us and sucks our blood – and whether or not we slap the offending pest and effect its demise, or she manages to dine and fly away – she may still render us irritation in the form of skin swelling and itching.

Why does the mosquito “bite” cause itching and swelling?

Well, it is about mosquito saliva activating in us histamines and … actually, let’s do this – for a comprehensive explanation and tutorial on why the itching and the swelling, please click here to be transported to a Medical News Today article, “Why do mosquito bites itch and swell up?”, written by Lana Burgess (and reviewed by Jill Seladi-Schulman, PhD).

The article also describes prevention and treatment of mosquito bites.

Actually, and we learn this in the Medical News Today story, some lucky people don’t have an itching and swelling reaction to mosquito bites – and some develop a sort of tolerance for mosquito saliva which manifests in little to no itching or swelling when bitten.

ohDEER hopes you have enjoyed – as much as one can – this discussion of the mosquito bite, which … to repeat … is not actually a bite.

And please be assured that ohDEER is committed to and focused on greatly lessening the potential of our clients knowing mosquito bites … or whatever it is that female mosquitoes do with that proboscis thingy.