If you’re allergic to mosquito bites, you’re reacting to the female mosquito’s salivary proteins which she excretes as she feeds on your blood. If you don’t know whether or not you are allergic, the following information and advice may help you to protect yourself from mosquitoes and manage the bites. A severe reaction is often called Skeeter Syndrome.
With more than 3,000 types of mosquito in the world, we humans are lucky they don’t all like to bite us and drink our delicious protein-filled blood. Most mosquitoes feed on nectar and whatever is available, but of the types that bite people, there are two nasties, Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti. These both pass on deadly diseases to people.
Hands up who likes Mosquitoes?
I don’t know of too many people who actually like mozzies- I can only think of one and I think he was more passionate about the frogs that eat them. Correct me if I am wrong Stuart [Parks Victoria]?