From: Don Martin
To: Steph Parker
Date: Aug 23 1998 9:12:33 am
Subject: Salt
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Steph Parker said "Salt" to Dave Hamilton, adding:

DH>>> For some unknown reason fleas just don't bite me. They do
DH>>> bite everyone else in the house, but they will jump on my
DH>>> bare feet and just jump back off. Maybe I need to shower
DH>>> more.

CJ>> They love me.
CJ>> Perhaps it could be diet-related (do you eat a lot of
CJ>> onions or other spices, just as a guess?).

DH> No, my diet is pretty bland, but it is identical to that of
DH> the other members of my family.

SP> I have heard that mosquitoes don't like people with 'O'
SP> type blood maybe fleas are similar.

According to sheerly anecdotal claims, American
Indians suffer less from mosquitos than do Caucasians, and
they tend to have mostly type B, IIRC.

SP> Though one reason that a lot of people think that they
SP> don't get bitten is because they don't get the reaction
SP> to the bites that most people do and this can be due to
SP> not being allergic to the bite (actually the
SP> anaesthetic injected).

Of course it may well be that Amerinds simply do not
bitch about such stuff as much as the white guys.

DH> Any idea what mosquitos eat when there are no humans?
DH> There don't seem to be that many warm-blooded animals
DH> in the forest, and those that are here have fur.

SP> I don't think that mosquitoes eat anything other than
SP> blood but, as far as I know, they aren't restricted to
SP> human blood because I have seen them happily feeding
SP> off my parents dogs, they're just much harder to find
SP> amongst the fur.

It is my understanding that mosquitos can subsist on
plant juices, but the femals need that extra shot of protein
from a blood meal in order to make eggs. In the interior of
Alaska, where the land is mostly level between bluffs, and
there is a watertight seal of permafrost close to the
surface, a lot of it looks like rich, green lawn from a
distance. When you get closer, you see that the "lawn" is
actually a sort of natural paddy, with the grass growing
through half a foot or so of water. Moose bottom feed in
this, surrounded by clouds of mosquitos who have been
waiting on the grass stems for just such an opportunity. You
see such clouds around people, too, who are dumb enough to
wade in the stuff.

There are, apparently, numerous deaths of lone
prospectors by mosquito recorded by the Bureau of Mines in
Alaska. These people would be so badly stung about the eyes
that they went blind from the swelling. Unable to find their
way back to camp, they starved to death stumbling about. If
they had a gun with them, they tended to blow their brains
out.

... Through a Jaundiced Eye Darkly--Rheum With a View
(don@vard.org)

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