Living near the equator and in Southeast Asia, my country only has 2 seasons:
- Rainy Season
Most of the time, you either feel hot like fire or get wet like water…
These “seasons” made my country the perfect playground for mosquitoes since
Rainfall = Mosquito Breeding
Summer = Mosquito Biting — mosquito.buzz
From time to time, there will be news on people around me getting dengue fever due to mosquito bites by the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. It’s no surprise to be informed that someone I know passed away because of this deadly disease that has no vaccine or cure. It’s not uncommon.
According to the World Mosquito Program, each year, an estimated 390 million dengue infections occur around the world and it causes up to 25,000 deaths annually worldwide.
Every once in a while, there will be fogging done by the authority. Sometimes, government personnel will ring the doorbell and check each and every corner of our house for stagnant water and mosquitoes breeding ground.
Just so you know, I’m writing this while I’m scratching on my red, itchy welts on my skin. I was just sitting at my desk for less than 15 minutes and there are 6 welts in total! This is insane! I can’t tell you how much I hate mosquitoes!
Anyway, I didn’t write this article to spread awareness. It’s just that while I’m busy scratching and marking X’es on those itches with my fingernails, a crazy thought hit me like a train.
If a mosquito sucked my blood and got pregnant then start laying eggs, does it mean I just became the father of those baby mosquitoes?
Heck! That’s creepy! I’ve never taken any biology class in my life, the only thing I know about mosquitoes from my teacher is — only female mosquitoes bite, and they bite to give birth to baby mosquitoes.
That’s all I knew! Please don’t laugh at me! I really had no extra knowledge on this. Please educate your children well so that they won’t be as stupid as me.
Silly thoughts keep knocking on my door.
- Is my blood some kind of sperm of ovum to them?
- Does the baby mosquitoes have my DNA in them?
- If I kill the baby mosquitoes, does it means I killed my own child?
I’m going to hell!
Well, luckily before that happens, thanks to Google, I kept my sanity.
Google tells me that female mosquitoes suck our blood for proteins that are required to develop their egg. They digest our blood similarly to us digesting our food. Although we don’t lay eggs right after that….
According to The Royal Society,
“Most of the food we eat contains genes, although in cooked or processed foods, most of the DNA has been destroyed or degraded and the genes are fragmented. Our digestive system breaks them down without any effect on our genetic make-up.”
So, the child we gave birth to doesn’t contain any DNA from the meat that got into our stomach and the mosquitoes babies won’t have our DNA either. I’m relieved!
Interestingly, I’ve also found something mindblowing on the internet while feeding myself with science knowledge. It is a science news titled
Yes, the researches actually extracted human blood from mosquitoes’ stomachs and analyzed the DNA.
“The team was able to trace back blood samples to individual volunteers, even after two days of digesting in the mosquito. After roughly three days the mosquitoes completely digested the blood.” The Science Daily reported.
“ This technique can help police work out who was at a crime scene and in the future, might provide evidence that can be used to convict offenders.”
Amazing, isn’t it. And once again, I’ve confirmed that our DNA is completely destroyed in the mosquitoes’ stomach after they are completely digested.
So, don’t be afraid if you found something on Google that says
“If you are bitten by a mosquito, another thing you can assume is that you have just become a proud new parent, in a way.” — megacatch
Now, another question arises in my mind
“Do vegans kill mosquitoes?”