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The mosquito, also known as "skeeter" in most of North America and "mozzies" or "mossies" elsewhere, is a member of the family Culicidae; these insects have a pair of scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and long legs.
The females of most mosquito species suck blood from other animals, including humans.
Mosquito bites often swell up hours after happening, causing a red ringed white bump about a centimeter in diameter. This bump can itch for days and over-scratching the bite can cause it to bleed. Continued over-scratching can cause scars.
Mosquito bites can transmit diseases, such as Malaria, Dengue and West Nile Virus, so authorities in many areas take measures to reduce mosquito populations through pesticides or more organic means.
An easy way to reduce mosquito populations in a residential area is the removal of standing water (where mosquitoes breed), and the use of repellents, such as DEET.