Mosquito holds the World Title of Human-Murderer for many years, not that they were the direct culprit, they are merely the carriers of the viruses and bacteria that killed millions of people throughout the time of our existence.
In a tropical land like Singapore, the Aedes Mosquito and its companion, the Dengue Virus, are one of the most dangerous diseases to be infected with, especially for children and elderly.
Now I know all this information scares the shit out of most people, not to mention our little ones. But as always, nature has its way.
In the time that we have been conducting forest school in Singapore, we realize the patterns and behavior of the mosquito in the Forest area we dwell in. Firstly, whenever we walk through an area with Frogs, Dragonfly and Spiders, we tend to have lesser Mozzies flying around. Not to mention in the muddy environment, no water body stays there for long without being washed off, or dried off by the Sun. Simply put, nature has its way to regulate all these “irritants”.
We have seen many repellents and patches being used in our session. It is the common urban recognized way of dealing with Mozzies. But many times, the same repellent kills off the spiders and predators that naturally manage the land. If we trust in the forest and its inhabitants to protect us, will we be in a much better space of letting nature heal us, instead of using our own human “ingenuity”? That is something to ponder upon.
With that said, here are some links and information about mozzie which is interesting to know. Have a good weekend =)
“Mosquitoes use exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors and temperature, and movement to home in on their victims. Only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood. When biting with their proboscis, they stab two tubes into the skin: one to inject an enzyme that inhibits blood clotting; the other to suck blood into their bodies. They use the blood not for their own nourishment but as a source of protein for their eggs. For food, both males and females eat nectar and other plant sugars.
Mosquitoes transmit disease in a variety of ways. In the case of malaria, parasites attach themselves to the gut of a female mosquito and enter a host as she feeds. In other cases, such as yellow fever and dengue, a virus enters the mosquito as it feeds on an infected human and is transmitted via the mosquito’s saliva to a subsequent victim.
The only silver lining to that cloud of mosquitoes in your garden is that they are a reliable source of food for thousands of animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, and frogs. In addition, humans are actually not the first choice for most mosquitoes looking for a meal. They usually prefer horses, cattle, and birds.
All mosquitoes need water to breed, so eradication and population-control efforts usually involve removal or treatment of standing water sources. Insecticide spraying to kill adult mosquitoes is also widespread. However, global efforts to stop the spread of mosquitoes are having little effect, and many scientists think global warming will likely increase their number and range.
The red bump and itching caused by a mosquito bite is actually an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva.”
Do: Buy tightly woven duds
“Mosquitoes can’t penetrate clothing that has a very tight weave, ” Day says. While cotton and linen typically aren’t great armor against bug bites, Day says many synthetic fibers—particularly high-tech athletic apparel—tend to be woven tightly enough to keep mosquitoes out. Any garment that offers sun protection will also have a tight enough weave to block bites.”
BENEFITS OF THE MOSQUITO
“Many scientists agree that mosquitoes are more a hassle than they have value. The mere fact that they are the reason for millions of human deaths a year is reason enough to wipe them off the planet.
However, mosquitoes serve important functions in numerous ecosystems, serving as food for many species, helping filter detritus for plant life to thrive, pollinating flowers and even affecting the herding paths of caribou in the tundra.”