No one wants to think about ticks. They’re creepy, hideous, and spread diseases. That’s the reason why you should be aware of to them. In the United States, ticks are responsible for spreading potentially-life threatening infectious diseases, some of which can trigger not just chills, nausea, and a fever, but also neurological problems and even death. The most infamous of these infections is Lyme disease—according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. And while the rates have steadily increased since the 1990s, thousands of Lyme disease cases may go unreported. Please be informed how ticks look like, where they are located, and what to do if one bites onto you. 1. Ticks are not insects Ticks are actually arachnids, which means they’re more closely related to spiders than they are to flies or mosquitos. Ticks even look a lot like spiders: They have four pairs of legs, no antennae, and—importantly—don’t fly or jump. Instead, ticks camp out on blades of grass or other foliage, where they wait for a human or animal to come to them. It’s a strategy called “questing”: By using their third and fourth pairs of legs for stability, they stretch out their first set of legs and latch onto the unsuspecting host; from there, some ticks might crawl around until they find a thin area of skin near a small blood vessel, where it's easier to extract blood. 2. Only a few types of ticks spread diseases in the U.S. Scientists have identified thousands of tick species across the world, but only a handful or so really cause us trouble in the U.S. The blacklegged tick (or “deer tick”) is infamous in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest because it spreads Lyme disease, an infection that can eventually cause joint pain, inflammation of the brain, and more. The Rocky Mountain woodtick is another dangerous critter that gets its name from its natural habitat; it, along with the American dog tick and brown dog tick (both found across the country) can infect people with a potentially fatal disease called Rocky Mountain spotted fever. 3. If a tick bites you, it’ll probably stick around for a few days “It’s not like a mosquito, which stays on you for a few minutes,” says Peter Krause, MD, a senior research scientist in epidemiology and microbial diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. The first thing the tick will likely do is look for a good spot to find blood. Since some ticks are relatively small, there’s a good chance you won’t notice one’s on you. Next, the tick burrows its creepy little head into your skin, and spits out a cocktail of blood-thinning, skin-numbing, human-immune-system-fighting saliva. Then it’ll likely feed for about 2 to 3 days, and, if it’s a female, can swell up to nearly in double its normal size—which is useful for when it [...]
Sharks, grizzly bears and big cats may strike fear into your heart and brain, but they do not even come close to being the deadliest animals on earth. The world’s deadliest animal is the Mosquito. As you can see mosquitoes are not just annoying little buzzing, biting bloodsuckers, but they also transmit very deadly diseases. In fairness, it is not actually the mosquito that kills you with its probing proboscis, but rather the pathogens that enter your body when the mosquito feeds. Every year about 830,000 people die due to mosquito-borne illnesses like malaria; and we hope to bring increased global awareness of the deadliness of mosquito-borne illnesses.
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Why do mosquito bites itch so badly? And why do they swell?! If you are wondering how such a small insect can cause such incessant itching and swelling, the first thing to know is that mosquitoes don’t actually bite you. Instead, mosquitoes have a long tube attached to their mouth called a proboscis that they stab into their host and use to suck out blood like straw! Mosquitoes also have special hematophagous arthropod saliva in their proboscis. Hematophagous arthropod saliva is a scientific way of saying “spit from a blood-sucking creature with an exoskeleton.” This specific type of saliva has chemicals and proteins in it that prevents blood from clotting. So what do mosquitoes do with their hematophagous arthropod saliva? They inject it into their victim before they start sucking its blood to prevent any clotting while they slurp. Therefore, the itching that you experience after a mosquito bite is your body reacting to the mosquito’s saliva. After detecting the saliva in your system, your body immediately sends antibodies to fight this foreign substance. In essence, you experience an allergic reaction to the mosquito saliva, causing itching and inflammation. Depending on how allergic your body is to mosquito saliva, the swelling and itching can last anywhere from a few hours to a full week.
Mosquitoes are confusing little creatures. But there is some science behind their madness. Below you will find the 6 most frequently asked questions about mosquitoes, and ways to avoid them (not the questions…the mosquitoes)! 1) Are mosquitoes attracted to water? Yes. Mosquitoes both live in water, and rely on trips to water to eliminate carbon dioxide and inhale a fresh supply of oxygen. Female mosquitoes lay their larvae in pools of water. Those larvae spend their first two stages of life in water. This also means that mosquitoes are attracted to humidity. Eventually, they are attracted to you because when you breathe, you exhale water vapor. Since you can’t give up breathing, Proven is here to help keep the mosquitoes away! 2) Why do mosquitoes bite? Actually only female mosquitoes bite. They need blood to provide the protein for egg development. Females produce one to three batches of eggs during a lifetime. When they are ready to produce eggs, they go in search of blood. While rather unpleasant to think about, female mosquitoes have a sophisticated system of six “stylets” they use to pump your blood. Four of the stylets have serrated edges for sawing into tiny capillaries just under the skin; the fifth injects saliva to allow blood to flow freely; and the sixth facilitates pulling in the blood. 3) Is there a good time to go outside in an effort to avoid mosquitoes during the summer months? The best time to go outside to avoid mosquitoes is during mid-day. Mosquitoes are mostly out from sundown to sunup, but can be present at all hours of the day. To be safe, just use Proven and enjoy the outdoors! 4) Are there ways to attract mosquitoes? Yes. There are several surefire ways that you will be bitten by mosquitoes. Factors such as body odor, wearing dark colors, jogging, wearing perfume or cologne, breathing (CO2), body heat, type O blood type, and secreting lactic acid have all proven to attract those pesky mosquitoes. Oh, and always remember to wear clean socks. Mosquitoes seem to love your sweaty socks! 5) How high do mosquitoes fly? You may want to stay on your balcony this summer. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, in general, mosquitoes that bite humans prefer to fly at heights less than 25 feet. The greater distance between you and the ground, the less likely you will be bitten. That being said, there are a few mosquito species that like to fly with the birds. To be safe, make sure to use Proven! 6) What is the best ways to treat a mosquito bite? For starters, do not itch! But we know that is easier said than done. There are both over-the-counter and home remedies to help treat a mosquito bite, including the itch. An antihistamine ointment will help for those extreme bites. If you are looking for a more natural approach, there are a few ingredients that will help take the bite out [...]