Fascinating Facts About Mosquitoes
- March 8, 2021
Mosquitoes suck – pun intended. But seriously, have you ever wonder why that is? Why do they need to bite us and drink our blood? Today, we answer some of the most asked questions and interesting factoids about the bug that everyone loves to hate.
However, it’s only a few hundred that feast on blood and make our human lives hell during the summer months.
If you’ve ever wondered why mosquitoes eat blood, it’s because the females need this to lay their eggs. But they don’t actually “eat” it in the way you might think. In fact, the blood doesn’t provide nutrients for mosquitoes at all – those come from plants they eat. Rather, the blood allows the eggs to mature inside the female before laying. And it’s only the female mosquitoes that bite. Male mosquitoes will dine on plants in the environment.
Backyard mosquito control is more than just spraying to kill adults. Your mosquito control program should also help you identify problem areas, specifically where standing water accumulates. Common culprits are clogged gutters. Mosquito larvae are not unlike frogs in that they hatch in water and grow into adults on land. Female mosquitoes need to lay their eggs in shallow, still water, which is why you may have noticed more mosquitoes after very heavy rain. Extraordinarily, female mosquitoes can do with water as shallow as dampened earth from too much sprinkler use. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for standing water. Even an upturned bottle cap could become a mosquito nursery. Other common areas that turn into mosquito breeding grounds are birdbaths, unused swimming pools, and puddling water in low-lying areas of a lawn.
It comes from plant leaves and is one of the only CDC-approved chemicals for effectively repelling mosquitoes. And while bug spray won’t be as effective as a mosquito treatment applied to your lawn, it’s better than nothing.
Malaria-ridden mosquitoes infect 250 million people worldwide and kill over one million annually. And that’s not including other mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile, Zika, or dengue fever. These annoying bugs have killed more people over the course of human history than any other cause.
You may not think it from their tiny wings and erratic flying patterns, but these hungry bugs can fly up to three miles per day. You can’t help but admire the determination momma mosquitoes have when it comes to nurturing their eggs.
According to one recent study, people who consumed beer were more likely to have mosquitoes land on them. So if you enjoy drinking beer outside on the patio during the summer, make sure to wear insect repellant, use citronella torches, or get enlist the help of mosquito control services to keep you and your family bite-free.
The earliest mosquito fossils discovered put their age at between 120 and 210 million years old. That’s quite an impressive survival rate for such a small creature.
Female mosquitoes can consume (or 0.000005) of a liter of blood. While this may not seem impressive initially, this is about two to three times her body weight. Imagine trying to drink 3 times your body weight in wine! We get buzzed just thinking about it.
They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and this includes the number of mosquitoes. At 85 species, the Lone Star State has more of these pests than any other in the union. While Texas has many good things going for it, when it comes to mosquitoes, we got the short end of the stick.
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