Best known as a summer pest, female mosquitoes can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days. Once reaching adulthood, the mosquito may live 5-6 months.
A mosquito uses heat sensors on its antennae and around its mouth parts to locate capillaries near the skin’s surface. The mosquito then uses its proboscis, a long pointed mouth part, to pierce the skin and to tap the capillary then drink up to three times its weight in blood.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to your body warmth and odor.
- Carbon dioxide is considered to be the greatest attractant to mosquitoes.
- When the female mosquito sense carbon dioxide (your breath), she will fly back and forth in a zigzag pattern, until she finds the source.
- Female mosquitoes need protein to lay their eggs and get it by feeding on warm-blooded creatures. If a mosquito bites an infected animal or a person, then bites you, it can pass the disease to your blood through its saliva.
- Mosquitoes breed in soft, moist soil or stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, clogged gutters and birdbaths.
- Mosquitoes are busiest at night and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.
- Mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.
- People with Type O blood attracted more mosquitoes than any other blood type.
- Almost all mosquito-bite illnesses have similar symptoms: Fever, Body aches, Rash & Headache.
- Ideally, you want to avoid being bitten by wearing long sleeves and long pants or other protective measures.