Facts about Mosquitoes – World's Deadliest Bloodsucker Insects

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Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on our earth – more deaths are associated with these insects than any other animal on the planet.

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There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes. However, only a couple hundred feast on human blood.

Mosquitoes are part of the same family as fruit flies and houseflies, all of them have two clear, veined wings.

Only female mosquitoes bite animals and humans, male mosquitoes feed exclusively on plant nectars.

Female mosquitoes need protein for their eggs, this is why they pierce your skin and suck with their ‘proboscis’ to get the blood. Once she has enough blood, the insect will rest a couple of days before laying her eggs.

Mosquitoes dont have teeth. But it can drink up to about three times its weight in blood.

Mosquitoes may carry any number of deadly diseases, such as yellow river, dengue fever, malaria, and encephalitis. They also carry heartworm (and this can be lethal to your dogs).

Certain species of mosquitoes (such as culiseta melanura) dont bite humans, they prefer other hosts like birds or amphibians.

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An anti-coagulant is contained in the saliva of the female mosquitoes, this lets the insect more easily suck up her meal. This saliva also induces an allergic response from the victim’s immune system – this is why our skin get an itchy bump.

Malaria is caused by a parasite that lives in mosquitoes. This parasite gets into the saliva of mosquito and is passed on everytime the insect bites someone.

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Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV. This is because the virus that causes AIDS does not survive in mosquitoes, the virus does not reproduce in insects, and is digested in the mosquito’s stomach and it’s broken down without being passed on.

All mosquitoes require water to breed. They can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. These eggs are usually deposited in clusters (also called as rafts) on the surface of stagnant water. Get rid of any standing water in the home so that mosquito horde can be reduced.

Females lay eggs up to three times before they die. Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 – 14 days.

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Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water – they need water for their eggs to hatch into larvae called wigglers. These wigglers breathe oxygen from the surface and feed on organic matter in stagnant water.

The best time to avoid mosquitoes is in the afternoon (during the time when the temperatures are hottest and therefore they like to hide in cooler spots).

The average mosquito lifespan is less than two months. Under ideal conditions, females can live about 6 – 8 weeks while the males have the shortest lives, around 10 days or less.

The wings of mosquitoes beat around 300 to 600 times per second.

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A mosquito has six legs and one pair of wings coming off its thorax.

Males are slightly smaller than female mosquitoes.

Males locate female mosquitoes by the sound of their wings.

Only females make that irritating mosquito sound that puts us on red alert.

Mosquitoes fly at speeds between 1 – 1.5 miles per hour – in the world of insects, they are considered very slow.

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Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away. There are receptors on their antennae used to detect carbon dioxide we release when we exhale.

Mosquitoes cannot fly too high – only somewhere between 7 to 13 meters up in the air. Not only that, they can also fly only about 300 feet before they need to rest.

The word mosquito actually means “biting fly”.

Many mosquitoes target people in dark clothing. This is because darker clothes retain more heat than light-colored clothing.

Midges and crane flies are often mistaken for mosquitoes.

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