Mosquito 101

  • There are over 3,500 species of mosquitos.

  • Male mosquitoes do not bite, but feed on nectar of flowers.

  • Only female mosquitoes feed on blood.

  • The female mosquito needs a meal of blood to help her eggs to develop.

  • A female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time, usually deposited on the surface of stagnant water.

  • Mosquito eggs need water to hatch.

  • The tiny embryo wrigglers live in water for about 10 days before pupating into mosquitoes.

  • Adult mosquitoes live for up to two months.

  • Mosquito is Spanish word meaning "little fly".

  • Diseases carried by mosquitoes include West Nile virus, malaria and encephalitis.

  • Mosquitoes are attracted carbon dioxide, body heat and sweat, and dark clothing.

  • Aedes mosquitoes are painful and persistent biters, attacking during daylight hours.

  • Aedes mosquitoes are strong fliers and are known to fly many miles from their breeding sources.

  • Culex mosquitoes are painful and persistent biters also, but prefer to attack at dusk and after dark, and readily enter dwellings.

  • Culex tarsalis is known to transmit encephalitis (sleeping sickness) to man and horses.

  • Culex are generally weak fliers and do not move far from home, although they have been known to fly up to two miles.

  • Culex usually live only a few weeks during the warm summer months.

  • Culiseta mosquitoes are moderately aggressive biters, attacking in the evening hours or in shade during the day. 

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