We all hate mosquitoes as they some of the hardest pests to get rid of, and because they can cause an allergic reaction and carry many diseases such as malaria and dengue fever which is the most common virus that female mosquitoes spread.
Summer is definitely the mosquito season which is when these insects breed in stagnant water, and also attact the most, so even with the proper repellant, you can never actually completely stop mosquitoes from biting you.
In this occasion, I am revealing some interesting facts about mosquitoes, including the life cycle of mosquitoes and how this pest operates.
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Fascinating Mosquito Facts That Everyone Should Know About
Like I said earlier, it is better to know a lot about your enemy than to not know anything at all.
I've decided to list down some mosquito facts that I think everyone should know.
As a person who lives in a place with a tropical climate, mosquitoes have been a problem for me for virtually my entire life.
Mosquito full of blood
I used to completely cover my body in mosquito repellent during my youth, just to relieve myself of the relentless itching that the mosquito bites caused me. (I still use this now, especially during trips, but at home I use other pest control items such as bug zappers, spirals and sprays.
I wrote this awesome article to share with you some of the handy facts that I have learned about mosquitoes. Below are some of the most intriguing facts about mosquitoes that you'll ever need to know.
In school, I learned that mosquitoes brought deadly diseases along with them. My phobia of mosquitoes grew and I soon found myself buying mosquito nets and mosquito spray repellents to completely rid my home of those life-threatening pests and prevent mosquitoes from biting me.
As the years went by, I finally came to the notion that one cannot completely get rid of mosquitoes as they number far greater than humans. Aside from being more numerous than humans, mosquitoes also live almost everywhere, except the antarctic and arctic areas.
Now that I am older and have accepted the fact that I'll never be able to eradicate my home of mosquitoes, I decided to learn more about the insects in order to ensure my safety as I live around them.
Mosquitoes Are Slowpokes
Unlike flies, mosquitoes fly at very low speeds and are therefore very easy to catch and kill. In fact, the only basic tool that you'll ever need to catch and kill mosquitoes are your hands. A mosquitoes' slow flying speed is good for you and me because this means that they are very easy to kill when compared to other flying insects such as house flies.
Mosquitoes fly at an average speed of only about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour and while that speed may seem rather fast, when compared to other insects, mosquitoes are actually one of the slowest fliers out there.
I'm sure that you'll be glad to know that aside from the common housefly, honey bees, wasps, and locusts are all faster than the mosquito.
Only Female Mosquitoes Bite You
Lactic acid, body odor and blood type, is what attract mosquitoes to bite, but onlt female mosquitoes bite and feed on the blood of other creatures in order to sustain themselves.
While you may think that all mosquitoes bite you, only females rely on your blood to survive. Female mosquitoes bite you because they rely on the protein in your blood in order to produce their eggs to reproduce.
Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, don't need to feed on your blood because they don't produce eggs. Instead of relying on blood for food, male mosquitoes instead feed on the nectar of flowers just like bees and butterflies.
It should also be noted that female mosquitoes also avoid feeding on your blood when they're not producing any eggs, this is why there are certain times in a year when mosquitoes don't bite you at all.
Not All Species Of Mosquitoes Bite Humans
There are some species of mosquitoes that completely avoid biting humans altogether. Mosquitoes that don't bite humans tend to feed on the blood of other animals in order to obtain the protein that they need in order to create the eggs that they need to reproduce.
An example of a species of mosquito that does not bite humans is the Culiseta melanura, this species of mosquito only bites birds and completely avoids mammals.
Adult Mosquitoes Live For An Average Of 5-6 Months
If a mosquito avoids being swatted down or killed in any other unnatural way, they have a maximum natural lifespan of 5-6 months. While 5-6 months may seem rather short, this is incredibly long when compared to other flying insects that mostly live for an average of one week to around two months.
A Mosquito's' Wings Beat For Around 300-600 Times A Second
The buzzing that you hear when a mosquito flies next to your ear can largely be attributed to the number of times a mosquito can flap its wings per second.
A mosquito can move its wing incredibly fast and it does this in order to be able to stay off the ground. If a mosquito flaps its wings any slower, it will not be able to properly stay off the ground and will fall immediately.