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Health minute: Mosquito bite myths

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Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:32 AM -

Summer means longer days, and with that comes more outdoor time. 

It's important to get your facts straight when it comes to protecting yourself against mosquitoes, since the tiny, pesky predators can carry a host of diseases.

MYTH: All mosquitoes bite humans.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over three thousand species of mosquitoes. Different ones feed on either plant nectar, reptiles, birds or mammals. Of those species that bite humans, experts say, only the females go for the blood - they are seeking protein for egg production.

MYTH: Mosquitoes are attracted to certain foods or colours.

The truth is that these factors generally don't make a difference.

If you are going to be outdoors:

  • Use insect repellent on your exposed skin and clothing.
  • Look for ingredients recommended by health officials.
  • Wear long sleeves, pants and socks.
  • Empty standing water around your home.
  • Support your local county or city mosquito control programs.
  • Limit outdoor activities between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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