Mosquitoes have been a bother the past couple of weeks, owing to the ideal egg-hatching puddles which are the product of flat terrain, clay in the soil, and rain.  Here are a few things about mosquitoes.  They exist in the fossil record all the way back to the Jurassic period over 200 million years ago. Mosquitoes account for more deaths each year (more than a million) than any other animal on Earth due to the malaria virus it can carry in its saliva.  There are more than three thousand different kinds of mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes are attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale.  Only female mosquitoes bite.  Males eat nectar. When a female mosquito sucks your blood, she also gives you a small amount of her saliva which contains an anticoagulant.  It is your reaction to the chemicals in the saliva that cause the bump and the itch.   Some people react to the bites worse than others.  Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.

Meteorologist John Wheeler