Here’s a little something you may or may not know:
Only the female of many species of mosquitos is capable of haematophagy (drinking blood). Females do not require blood for survival, but they do need supplemental substances (like protein and iron) to develop eggs. Female mosquitoes hunt their blood host by detecting carbon dioxide (CO2) and 1-octen-3-ol from a distance.
I thought both genders of mosquitoes delighted in drinking my blood. Not so. Only the pesky females do, AND I thought the blood was life saving. WHAT? My blood is only supplemental? Supplemental? Everyone has always told me that mosquitoes like me because my blood is sweet. Why didn’t anyone tell me that the reason I get bitten 14 times after applying Deet AND Off is because I put off a pretty powerful Octenol? Such a strong “odor” in fact that the mosquitoes smell right through the chemicals in Deet that are supposed to suppress their receptors?
But don’t mind me. I’m just bitter because I have 14 welts on my limbs RIGHT before my big vacation, I itch like crazy, and the worst part? Octenol has been described as “green and moldy or meaty”. I smell green and moldy or meaty? I guess I need to start wearing perfume?
So all you female mosquitoes out there with the exception of the genus of Toxorhynchites , I hate you. I really, really hate you.