Mosquito Facts

Mosquitoes Can Smell Human Breath

They have receptors on their antennae. They hunt by sensing the carbon dioxide we exhale.

Both Males & Females Feed Mainly on Fruit & Plant Nectar

While retrieving nectar, mosquitoes pollinate plants.

Mosquitoes Spend Their First 10 Days in Water

Because their larval instars are aquatic. Water is necessary for the eggs to hatch into larvae, called wigglers. Wigglers feed on organic matter in stagnant water develop into pupae. Over several days, the pupae change into adult mosquitoes.

Body Heat Marks a Mosquitoes Target

They use heat sensors around their mouthparts to detect the warmth of your body – actually, the blood inside it – then land on you and locate the best capillaries for tapping.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquito-borne diseases are those spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year. In 2015 malaria alone caused 438 000 deaths. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, and more countries are reporting their first outbreaks of the disease.

More than half of the world’s population live in areas where this mosquito species is present. Sustained mosquito control efforts are important to prevent outbreaks from these diseases. There are several different types of mosquitoes and some have the ability to carry many different diseases.

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