First off, some fun facts about mosquitos that you might not know... Did you know that only the female mosquitoes are the ones who bite us? They rely on a blood supply to provide protein for their eggs, while the males collect nectar from flowers. Ever wonder why they seem to find us, no matter how much we try to avoid them? Well, it's the wonderful, unavoidable thing of carbon dioxide. The females are sensitive to CO2 and fly back and forth until they hone into the scent. Pretty interesting stuff!
Okay, so maybe interesting, but not any good news for us explorers. Like most pesky things in life, they do however have a purpose to their existence. You know those cute little dragonflies that everyone loves to see? Well, yes, you guessed it, main source of food for them. As mosquito larvae, they even purify the water for them. Not only the dragonfly to do they provide a source of food for, but also bats, spiders, birds, fish and other aquatic animals.
You might ask now if there is any possible thing you can do to get around them while still enjoying the outdoors. The answer is yes. A few things that can have a positive impact on your next trip are:
- Wearing a bug jacket: These are great because they keep the bugs off you and still allow you to wear a t-shirt on a hot day
- Wear light colours: Mosquitos do use sight to see there targets as well as smell. They tend to like blues, reds, and blacks
- Get some DEET: yes we know its not great for you, but more specifically its the skin its not great for, try spraying some on the outside of a shirt in a small dosage.
- Avoid peek hours: dusk and dawn are frowned upon.
So yes, swat away at the ones buzzing around your head this spring, but before you have too much hate for them, think of what they provide to the wildlife we love.