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Mosquitoes: You Can Run From Them, But You Cannot Hide



Mosquitoes: You Can Run From Them, But You Cannot Hide

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     challenging words:    hosts, persistent, trigger, warm-blooded, carbon, dioxide, exhale, environment, acid, lactic, male, sweat, mosquito, attention, heat, visual


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Mosquitoes: You Can Run From Them, But You Cannot Hide
By Erin Horner
  

1     You can run, but you can't hide. She will find you. She will smell you. She will sense you. And eventually, she will bite you. Watch out; a pesky mosquito is going to find you whether you want her to or not!
 
2     Mosquitoes are insects. Both male and female mosquitoes drink nectar. But only the females drink blood. They need it for their eggs. Mosquito eggs would not develop without a blood meal.
 
3     So how do these insects find a blood host? They use their senses. If you are breathing or sweating, a mosquito can sense you. When you exhale, carbon dioxide and lactic acid leave your body. A mosquito can sense these gasses from up to 100 feet away. They fly towards the gasses and find you. Mosquitoes can also sense chemicals in your sweat. Experts have found that people who sweat a lot get bitten a lot more than people who don't sweat very much.

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