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Up Close Look at Mosquito Sucking Blood


Ever wondered what’s going on when a mosquito is biting you?

mosquito on skin

French researches took an up close look to see exactly what goes on inside the body of a mammal when a mosquito is sucking its blood. Science lovers can watch the video here which shows a mosquito connecting with a blood vessel. Researchers were able to catch this footage using Intravital video microscopy during a mosquito’s blood feeding.

The study was entitled “Visualizing Non Infectious and Infectious Anopeles gambiae Blood Feedings in Naive and Saliva-Immunized Mice.” The team of French scientists wanted to examine the interactions occurring at the skin interface when bitten by a mosquito.  Led by Valerie Choumet from the Institut Pasteur in Paris, the team wanted to visualize how malaria-infected mosquitoes pass on pathogens, as well as an up close demonstration of how the blood-suckers bite.

mosquito sucking blood up close

So what happens when a mosquito bites a mammal? The proboscis, composed of several parts that puncture the skin and spread out once inside. When piercing through the skin it is like a needle, yet is flexible and allows the mosquito to control and find its way toward the blood vessel.

If you want to prevent mosquitoes from biting you in the first place, take preventative steps to eliminate mosquitoes and breeding sites on your property. We recommend the 5 T’s to keep mosquitoes away and are happy to offer residents of Howard and Montgomery County Maryland a solution to the bug problem! If you want to keep the mosquitoes from making you their next meal, give us a call today!

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