Why aren't mosquitos afraid of me?

 Verbal DNA (@doblearcoiris)7 years, 11 months ago

This is kinda blowing my mind right now. I’m in my backyard smoking a bowl and getting assaulted by mosquitos, but for some reason no matter how much I swat at them they don’t back down.

Why aren’t they afraid me?

I am so much bigger than them it’s ridiculous. I’ve easily killed like six of them and not even like WWII dogfighting style either, where they get hit in the tail and spiral out of control, crashing in glory no, I’ve been obliterating them. They see my giant hands coming down around there puny bodies, their wingmates are getting swept away by the amount of air I’m pushing around. And then BAM! Gone.

Should we admire mosquitos for their bravery?

May 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Don’t confuse bravery with stupidity.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

BBC did a show on this. Some people (Myself included) give off a smell that they love. Some people give off something that they dislike also.

I for some crazy reason get bit more on one side of my body than the other.

It is only pregnant females that drink blood. Males only drink fruit.

I found this plug-in (Plugs into the power supply) that gives off a sound that makes them go away. I hate killing anything so found this the best option. It works!

@generaltitsvonchodehoffen, or instinct

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Ellie (1,363)M (@tangledupinplaid21) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@dafunks, eat more garlic and onions. I literally did not get one mosquito bite last year and I attribute it to that. Tea tree, peppermint, and lavender oils all also work as insect repellent.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

I do :( I love Garlic and eat it most days in something. I even get bitten on the soles of my feet….

I am like a big tub of ice cream to pregnant mosquito’s.

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jdog (10) (@jayden2016) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

They can smell you fear no doubt.

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Anonymous (254) (@) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

“Why aren’t they afraid me?”

Do you know why small animals don’t run away from bears? Because if they do, the bear chases them. The animals know they would die because the bear is faster, so they accept that they are at the bear’s mercy, and that acceptance makes the bear uninterested.

If a mosquito keeps eating you, it’s because they out number you 10000000 to 1 and feeding on you for a few seconds is probably the highlight of their entire life. Insects have priorities too.

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Charlie Henderson (10) (@charlieboy) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris, I suddenly got very amused reading this post because I’m imagining the endless mirth that you must be getting about contemplating this while high. It’s the little things in life, such as getting your mind blown by a swarm of courageous mosquitoes, that make life grand. And to actually give you an answer, the best I can come up with is that they’re reasoning is immeasurably simple compared to a human. You can only assume that the only thing in the world that they are thinking of is ” BLOOD BLOOD BLOOD” and even if they know that they might get massacred, it doesn’t overpower their simple insect programming to suck your blood no matter the cost

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Alex (141)M (@alexishungry) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris, Because you’re just so darn tasty.

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Andrea (21) (@yourefunny) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

I’ve heard that if you stick a dryer sheet in your pocket, they’ll stay away from you. Or you could try rubbing a couple all over your body for extra effect.

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Verbal DNA (74) (@doblearcoiris) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@mimic,
Do you think mosquitos have developed a sense of fear at all? Or was that not an evolutionary necessity given the their swarm-like nature?

@charlieboy,
I often find the brain’s contant filtering of common things to be a nuisance. It takes a deliberate decision to observe that allows you enjoy small things, or a fat ass joint.

@alexishungry,
Then let them feast off my bounty, for while I can replenish my blood they cannot replenish their crushed bodies.

@yourefunny,
I’ll have to practice my sewing in order to make a 100% dryer sheet mosquito-proof suit.

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Stoney Baloney (614) (@adamm0ss) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

They might not have evolved enough to develop a fear for us. Or like @doblearcoiris, said, they didn’t need it cause they roll deep.. Fear can also be learned, its not only an evolutionary trait.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

Is this suppose to be a troll thread?

Mosquitos doesn’t fear you because they’re dumb. Basic, not retarded, human knowledge 101.

Or it could be “The Law of Attraction” in the universe whereas the mosquitos are drawn to something of equal intelligence.

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris, mosquitos lack the ability to reason. They aren’t thinking about attacking you in any kind of logical, strategic way. They just think “mmm blood” and go at you, because they want to survive and propagate the species. Their necessity for blood outweighs the risk, it’s how mosquitos are programmed by their instincts to exist. Plus I don’t think they eat human blood alone, I think they bite anything with blood. So most of their targets probaby don’t slap them, humans I think are one of the few targets that can do that.

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Charlie Henderson (10) (@charlieboy) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris, have you read The Einstein Factor? I would highly recommend this book, it teaches about the “squelcher” in the brain that filters out common things like this topic, and how to minimize the “squelcher” so that your brain is free to roam and wonder at whatever you please without even having to make a deliberate effort

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Adam (118) (@moonglade) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris,
How would they get food. They need your blood to survive.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@moonglade, They only drink blood when the female is pregnant. They normally drink sugars from fruit. Only the female drinks blood.

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Verbal DNA (74) (@doblearcoiris) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@grandkintaro777,
This was supposed to be comical. Of course I understand why mosquitos are not afraid of me. I do find your insult to be clever, but it fails because you misperceived my intention.

@theskafish,
I’ve always thought it funny that we declare with certainty how the consciousness of another animal is when we do not understand our own at all. Still, the assumptions make sense to my evolved ape mind.

@charlieboy,
Sounds interesting, thank you for making me aware of it.

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Tine (366) (@tine) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris,

they have a limited understanding of reality, they just see [food source] [food source] [food source] and do not have the capacity to ascertain much beyond that

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Tine (366) (@tine) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris,

|| I’ve always thought it funny that we declare with certainty how the consciousness of another animal is when we do not understand our own at all. ||

we can if we look at the cause effect of their actions, same way we know anything about ourselves.

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Thus Spoke Haze (102) (@ehsan) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris, LMAO. This is the best thing I’ve ever read.

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Peace And Love (6) (@peaceandlove) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

they do something stupid in order to survive, kinda like working 60hour weeks

why aren’t we afraid of the economy/bank?

it could swat its big ass hand on all of us (i.e. a depression)

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris, I think for a consciousness like the one we have, it requires a certain level of sophistication in the brain that mosquitos do not have. We can’t KNOW for sure but it certainly appears that way.

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Anonymous (0) (@) 7 years, 11 months ago ago

@doblearcoiris,

I wanted to be a ass and you’re right I did miss your intention.

I think the individual conscious/soul of the mosquito would grow to fear things one life time. To me it’s faintly conscious.

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