Know your enemy.
One of our lecturers* enjoys reiterating the importance of "Know your species!" and more specifically: "Know your enemy!" (in a very Mad-Eye "CONSTANT VIGILANCE" kind of way).
I have found my enemy here in Mauritius, and they have certainly found me. Mosquitoes.
To the effect of "knowing my enemy" I did a little research recently. Sadly, no, I have not found a way to eradicate them from the earth or a magical way to stop them biting me other than copious amounts of DEET and mosquito coils. However I did find some interesting facts in relation to my questions (which were mostly expanded from: 'Why have you bitten my left butt cheek 45 times!!?! WHY!!' I dare you not to share my rage if this ever happens to you):
Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices (when they can't get field workers), but in many species the mouth-parts of the females are also adapted for piercing the skin of animal hosts and sucking their blood
Female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. Females will lay eggs up to three times before they die. I'm no maths genius, but that is a little (see also: very) over-productive if you ask me.
Males have the shortest lives, usually 10 days or less, and females can live about six to eight weeks, under ideal conditions.
The feeding preferences of mosquitoes apparently include those with type O blood, heavy breathers, those with a lot of skin bacteria, people with a lot of body heat, and the pregnant.
There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes.
Prior to and during blood feeding, blood-sucking mosquitoes inject saliva into the bodies of their source(s) of blood. This saliva serves as an anticoagulant; without it one might expect the female mosquito's proboscis to become clogged with blood clots.
There are both immediate hypersensitivity reactions and delayed hypersensitivity reactions to mosquito bites. Unfortunately, both reactions result in itching, redness and swelling. Immediate reactions develop within a few minutes of the bite and last for a few hours. Delayed reactions take around a day to develop, and last for up to a week.
Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. Remember, they are drawn to heat and darker clothes retain more heat than light-coloured clothing. This explains a lot as to how many times my legs have been bitten... thank you black leggings.
There are some measures being taken to control mosquitoes - complete eradication is impossible - depending on the situation this is done through methods such as habitat modification, pesticide, biological-control agents, and trapping. (Clearly this is not being done here...)
And this my friends, is what the devil looks like:
Image credit: Moustique-Tigre.info
*The lecturer I refer to is Professor Carl Jones who is pretty awesome to say the least. Check him out on Wikipedia.