Mosquitoes in Sudbury attacked by bloodsuckers
Sudbury man recently discovered some mosquitoes covered in tiny red mites
David Marks noticed something odd about some of the mosquitoes that tried biting him at a greenhouse in Sudbury, Ont., so he snapped a few pictures.
He described the mosquitoes as bright red, and said they flew slower than other mosquitoes.
Mites are tiny arachnids
Bruce Doran, staff scientist at Sudbury's science centre Science North, said mites are a member of the arachnid family, and were sucking the blood from the female mosquitoes.
"It's kind of funny that we have a female mosquito being attacked by a blood sucker," Doran said, adding that people don't need to worry about being bitten by these particular mites.
"Aquatic mites don't bite humans," he said.
It's payback time
Doran said studies have looked at the possibility of using mites as a biological way to control mosquito populations, but those studies have been inconclusive.
The man who found the mite-infested mosquito, David Marks, considers the mites to be "a bit of payback."
Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges