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10 Interesting Facts About Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are annoying pests that can put a damper on outdoor gatherings and events. Keep reading to learn interesting facts you may not have known about mosquitoes.

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1) Only female mosquitoes bite.

Both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar, but the female mosquito needs the protein found in human blood to develop her eggs.

2) Mosquitoes dislike citronella.

A citronella candle is a common way to keep mosquitoes away while you are outside. The reason mosquitoes do not like citronella is because it irritates their feet.

3) The word mosquito is Spanish for “little fly”

The word mosquito is said to be originated all the way back in the 16th century. Mosquitoes are often called “mozzies” in Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.

4) Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water.

The female mosquito needs standing water to lay her eggs. Then the mosquito stays in the water for their first 10 days.

5) Mosquitoes hibernate.

When the temperature drops below 50 degrees, mosquitoes tend to shut down for the winter months.

6) Mosquitoes can’t fly very far or very fast.

Most mosquitoes fly no more than one to three miles away from where they are hatched. They also can only fly up to 1.5 miles per hour.

7) The average lifespan of a mosquito is less than two months.

Males have the shortest lives, typically 10 days or less. Females live for around 6 to 8 weeks.

8) There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes.

There are about 175 species in the United States.

9) Mosquitoes can smell human breath.

Mosquitoes have receptors on their antennae that can detect the carbon dioxide released when humans exhale.

10) Mosquitoes feed day and night.

Depending on the species, some tend to feed more during the day while others tend to feed more at night.

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