IT’S the buzz in the bedroom, and not of the good kind.
They are the hidden housemates who seem to only show their faces and make noise when we are trying our hardest to fall asleep at night.
Most unwelcome, mosquitos are using the bout of hot days and warm nights to extend their summer party into autumn, and their demise will not come around any time soon.
With more than 25 days of temperatures over 26 degrees in the city of Sydney alone, it seems no matter how many citronella coils are burned, or automated mozzie repellents are installed — the bloodsuckers make a beeline for the bedroom, and set up camp around our ears.
Bursts of humidity paired with the odd dumping of rain provides perfect living conditions for mozzies, but why do they insist on congregating around our head?
“The mozzies that are buzzing around your head are usually the brown house mosquito, which tend to breed in gutters and puddles around the home,” Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist from University of Sydney and NSW Health Pathology told news.com.au.
“The reason you hear the wind beats, or buzzing sound, is because they can only be heard about 30cm away. These types of mosquitos usually bite birds, and so they are usually flying around a room because they are a bit confused.
“They are trying to work out whether to bite you or not,” he laughed.
While we often receive bites on our arms and legs, another reason why mosquitos tend to buzz around our head is because of our breathing pattern.
“Mozzies may be active around the head because that’s where we are breathing our carbon dioxide,” Dr Webb said.
Dr Webb’s advice is to keep your cool, because the best way to get the flying bloodsuckers out of the bedroom is quite simple.
“To stop them buzzing around, just have a fan going in the bedroom,” Dr Webb said.
“Bed nets will work, but fans disperse the carbon dioxide around the room and away from your face quicker.
“A ceiling fan or one in the corner of the room disrupts air flow, which makes it harder for them to fly around. The other added benefit of this is that you don’t have chemicals spraying in the room.”