As summer begins to near and warmer temperatures and longer days become consistent, it can be easy to forget about one particular pest that is lurking on the horizon: mosquitoes. While mosquitoes only make an appearance for a short period of the year, those few months can seem never ending. To make your life easier, we pulled together thirty mosquito facts that will give you a better understanding of these critters and how you can make the best of the mosquito season.
Mosquito Fact #1
Only female mosquitoes bite.
Mosquito Fact #2
Mosquitoes are able to detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
Mosquito Fact #3
Female mosquitoes can lay as many as 300 eggs at one time and can produce up to 3,000 offspring in their life.
Mosquito Fact #4
Mosquitoes are thought to be one of the most dangerous creatures in the world and are responsible for more human deaths than snakes, sharks, hippos and crocodiles combined, due to their spread of infectious diseases.
Mosquito Fact #5
There are approximately 3,000 species of mosquitoes, and 176 of those species live in the United States.
Mosquito Fact #6
Research has shown that dark clothing attracts some mosquito species more than lighter colored clothing.
Mosquito Fact #7
Mosquitoes fly at an estimated speed of 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
Mosquito Fact #8
Mosquitoes weigh about 2.5 milligrams.
Mosquito Fact #9
Mosquito is Spanish for "little fly."
Mosquito Fact #10
Studies have shown that movement can increase mosquito biting by 50 percent.
Mosquito Fact #11
The average mosquito lifespan is about two months.
Mosquito Fact #12
Mosquitoes tend to fly below 25 feet.
Mosquito Fact #13
Sweat increases a person's chance of getting bit.
Mosquito Fact #14
Mosquitoes feed at all time of the day but more commonly at dusk and dawn.
Mosquito Fact #15
Male mosquitoes are unique in that they are able to detect female mosquitoes from the sound of their wings.
Mosquito Fact #16
The mosquito is known to drink up to three times its body weight in blood.
Mosquito Fact #17
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded and prefer to be in temperatures of 80 degrees and above. Therefore, they hibernate throughout the winter months.
Mosquito Fact #18
Mosquito wings can beat between 300 and 600 times per second.
Mosquito Fact #19
After birth, mosquitoes spend their first ten days in water.
Mosquito Fact #20
Studies have found that those with type O blood are bitten twice as much as those with type A blood.
Mosquito Fact #21
Mosquitoes drain almost 1.6 billion gallons of blood each year in the U.S.
Mosquito Fact #22
Body heat helps mosquitoes pick their victims. Mosquitoes have heat sensors around their mouth to detect the warmth of a person's body.
Mosquito Fact #23
DEET is thought to be the best mosquito repellent spray and is endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Mosquito Fact #24
There are two main mosquito predators: fish and dragonflies.
Mosquito Fact #25
The bumps that form after a mosquito bite is caused by their saliva.
Mosquito Fact #26
Mosquitoes have six legs.
Mosquito Fact #27
Two other pests that are commonly mistaken for mosquitoes are crane flies and midges.
Mosquito Fact #28
Smelly feet are known to attract some species of mosquitoes.
Mosquito Fact #29
Mosquitoes can carry a variety of diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus and yellow fever, just to name a few.
Mosquito Fact #30
Mosquitoes are one of the very few animals that do not have teeth.
- American Mosquito Control Association
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