Mosquitoes are picky in choosing their victims. 1 in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes.
Both female and male mosquitoes feed on nectar, but only the female mosquito takes a blood meal in order to lay eggs.
Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale as we breath, as well as other naturally-occurring byproducts emitted from our skin. Mosquitoes may also be drawn in by lactic acid, CDC experts say, people tend to produce more lactic acid when they are exercising.
While carbon dioxide is how mosquitoes locate you, heat may be how they decide where to bite you. Some entomologists say before mosquitoes bite you they must find an area where the blood is close to the surface like the forehead, arms, and neck. You are probably a great target after exercising or mowing the lawn. This is why you hear them buzzing around before you are bitten.
Avoid dark colored clothing, it makes you stand out against the horizon. Some say mosquitoes are visual hunters and can also search you out by movement.
A female mosquito can lay between 100 and 200 eggs at one time, 1,000 to 3,000 in her lifetime, and can live between 45 to 60 days.
A mosquito wing beats between 300 and 600 times per second.
The male mosquito finds a female mosquito by the sound of her wings beating. They can even determine the correct species by the sound.
Mosquitoes are transmitters of diseases such as West Nile, Dengue fever, Yellow fever, Malaria, Encephalitis, and Zika.
Mosquitoes can pose a risk to pets because they transmit Canine Heartworm, Encephalitis, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
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