Frequently Asked Questions
In this page you will find answers for FAQ about Mosquitoes and Fleas
What are mosquitoes?
There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes, but only a few of them feed on blood. The ones that do are principally nectar feeders, with only the females requiring a meal of blood. The female mosquito ingests the blood of mammals, including humans.
How do they transmit disease?
Mosquito bites can transmit diseases, such as Malaria, Dengue and West Nile Virus, so authorities in many areas take actions to diminish mosquito populations. This is still usually done using regular pesticides, despite the fact that organic and environmentally-friendly methods, such as those developed by Westham Innovations, are currently available,
How do they locate their victims?
The female mosquitoes of blood sucking species locate their victims mainly through scent. They are extremely sensitive to carbon dioxide (CO2) when it is either exhaled or emitted through the skin. They are also attracted to several substances found in sweat. Mosquitoes can detect heat, so they can find warm-blooded mammals and birds very easily once they get close enough.
Some people seem to attract mosquitoes more than others. Being male, overweight, and having type 'O' blood may increase the risk of being bitten.
What are fleas?
Fleas are small, wingless, insects sized between 1-8mm. They are external parasites, living off the blood of mammals and birds. There are about 2000 species of fleas worldwide; the most common is the cat flea, (Ctenocephalides felis)..
Fleas attack a wide variety of warm-blooded creatures including humans, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits, squirrels, rats and mice.
Where do fleas live?
Fleas can move from host to host. The cat flea, for instance, can be found on a wide range of hosts from cats and dogs, through to camels and cattle. There is, however, a human flea, (Pulex irritans), which is quite rare and can also be found on a variety of hosts including badgers, pigs and foxes. Fleas are usually found in the fur, feathers or sleeping areas of their hosts, depending on the host's activity. In the home environment, the cat flea is commonly found on the cat itself, in its bedding, or in its favorite resting area.
Why are fleas a problem?
Fleas are a nuisance to their hosts, causing an itching sensation with may cause its host to scratch aggressively and in some instances even harm itself. Fleas are not simply a source of annoyance, however. Some people and animals suffer allergic reactions to flea saliva that result in rashes.
How does myFleaTrap work?
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