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Mosquito Facts
  • 2016-12-01 10:33:51

Why do mosquitoes drink blood?

Only female mosquitoes take blood. They use the protein and iron found in blood to make their eggs. Females feed on nectar and water, just like males do.

How much blood does a female mosquito “drink” per bite?

Female mosquitoes “drink” about 3 millionths of a liter, or 3 milligrams of  blood.

How do mosquitoes find prey? 

Mosquitoes use a range of signals to find their hosts, including movement, odor, carbon dioxide, and body heat.

Do all mosquitoes suck human blood? 

Only a small number of mosquitoes feed primarily on humans. Mosquitoes usually feed on birds, a wide range of mammals, and even amphibians and reptiles. Mosquitoes in the genus Toxorhynchites (toxo-rin-kite-ees) do not feed on blood at all. Females use nectar to make their eggs.


How far can mosquitoes fly?

Most mosquitoes stay within 1-2 miles of their larval (breeding) habitat, but some can fly 20 miles away.

How long do mosquitoes live?

In nature, female mosquitoes can live for a few weeks and males usually live for about a week. Life span depends on temperature, humidity and time of year.

What do mosquitoes do in winter?

Some species of mosquitoes can survive the winter. The mosquitoes can sense when the days are getting shorter and enter diapause. Diapause is a hibernation-like state that allows them to live off fat stores. Adult mosquitoes find warm places to stay, like sewer drains, so they do not freeze. Females do not take blood or reproduce during this time. Mosquitoes in diapause can live for several months!


Can mosquitoes carry HIV or hepatitis?

No. Mosquitoes carry viruses and pathogens in their salivary glands. In HIV and hepatitis, the virus does not replicate in the salivary glands, so it cannot be injected into the next host.

How to repellent mosquito effective?

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