Fact or Fiction? 6 Mosquito Myths Debunked
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6 Mosquito Myths Debunked

Myth #1:
Both male and female mosquitoes bite humans

Mosquitoes are so small that when you hear them buzzing in your ear, you don’t care what gender they are, you just swat! Females are actually the only ones who bit us. They cannot produce eggs without a blood-meal. A male mosquitoes main purpose in life is to reproduce with females. When it comes to food, they strictly feed on nectar. With that being said, female mosquitoes don’t just feed on humans. Like males, some feed on nectar as well. Others will choose reptiles, birds, and other mammals as hosts.

Myth #2:
All mosquitoes carry diseases

No, and thank goodness. Disease-carrying mosquitoes are more common in hotter, humid, and more tropical countries rather than those whose climates shift throughout the year. Different parts of South AmericaAsia, and Africa carry the most mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes who carry diseases are carrying a parasite that is causing the illness. If a malaria-infected mosquito bites a person, they will transmit malaria to them. If a normal mosquito without the malaria parasite then bites that infected person, they will get the malaria parasite, and the cycle continues. That is why it is so hard to control. Mosquitoes in places like the U.S., Canada, and Europe, have not yet been exposed to these parasites that cause many diseases. Therefore, people in these countries do not have to worry about this issue as much.

Myth #3:
Mosquitoes only bite at night

Some mosquitoes are more active during the day, some are more active at night. Overall, they’re an all day issue. During the high peak of the hot summer days, mosquitoes are less likely to come out. They are so small, and the sun is so hot, that they can get dehydrated and bake in the sunlight. If they get inside they’re protected by the sun, so they can cause annoyance all hours of the day.

Myth #4:
Mosquitoes prefer people with sweet blood

It doesn’t matter how sweet or bitter your blood is, what matters is the amount of CO2 you breathe and the odors you release. These odors include a chemical signal that many people give off through their skin that indicates a persons blood type. In other words, your blood has a scent. Mosquitoes pick up this chemical signal and are more attracted to those who have a stronger blood-scent. With that being said, there have been studies done that have shown that people with Type O blood are bitten more than those with other Types. It’s possible that Type O blood gives off a higher chemical signal that attracts mosquitoes more than other blood types.

Myth #5:
The mosquito dies after she bites

Unfortunately, this is untrue. You may have thought this because when BEES sting us they die. Bees don’t have the strength to pull their stingers back out after stinging. When they go to tug their stingers out they get so stuck that they leave their stinger, and some of their body, behind. When mosquitoes bite us they use that blood to go reproduce and lay hundreds of their lethal offspring. Our blood fuels their way of life. If a female mosquito bites enough hosts without getting squashed, they can live up to three weeks.

Myth #6:
Bats are a great mosquito control

Although bats do eat mosquitoes, creating bat shelters in your yard will not solve your mosquito problems. Bats eat any insect that flies: Mosquitoes, moths, beetles, and more. With that being said, the bat to mosquito ratio is outstanding. Even if bats eat 1000+ mosquitoes per day, they will most-likely barely make a long-term dent in your mosquito population problem.