- Mosquitoes carry humanity’s most fatal illnesses like dengue, malaria, yellow fever and encephalitis.
- There are more than 3000 mosquito species. Three out of these species are responsible for spreading deadly diseases: Anopheles (carries malaria and encephalitis), Culex (carries filariasis, encephalitis and West Nile viruses, Aedes (carries dengue, yellow fever and encephalitis).
- Mosquitoes do not have good vision. They target their victims through body odors and temperature, carbon-dioxide, octenol and lactic acid form breath and sweat.
Female mosquitoes may lay 300 eggs at one time.
- An adult mosquito can live for 5 months.
A mosquito’s wing beats 600 times a second. It can fly 1-1.5 miles per hour.
- Only female mosquitoes can suck blood. Sucked blood is not used for their own nourishment but used as protein source for their eggs. They get nourishment through food from nectar and other plant sugars.
Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes. The reason is not known but it may be due to 300 odd chemicals produced by human skin.
- All mosquitoes breed on water, so mosquito eradication and control measures involves throwing away standing water sources. But this is not enough to make an effect. According to scientists, global warming can increase their numbers.
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