Mosquito FAQs

Do all mosquitoes bite humans?

Most female mosquitoes feed on humans, birds and other animals to get sufficient blood to develop eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices only.

Do all mosquitoes spread disease?

No, while there are many different species of mosquitoes, only certain species can transmit disease and only a small proportion of these actually carry the disease. Diseases spread by infected mosquitoes include West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya.

Why are some people bitten more than others?

There are many things that attract mosquitoes: colognes, perfumes and scented body lotions can attract mosquitoes. Dark-colored clothing is also more attractive to mosquitoes. During evenings, nighttime and dawn, mosquitoes are most active in searching for blood meals, so people outdoors during that time are more likely to be bitten.

Where do mosquitoes live?

Mosquitoes lays their eggs in standing or slow-moving water. Weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes. Learn how to remove standing water that collects on your property.

How far can a mosquito fly?

Depending on the species, adult mosquitoes can fly several miles with help from the wind. Culex pipiens has a travel range of up to three miles.

How long do adult mosquitoes live?

Generally, adult female mosquitoes have a life span of 2 weeks to one month while adult male mosquitoes only live one week.

What is the life cycle of a mosquito?

A mosquito goes through four distinct stages: egg, larva, pupa and adult. This life cycle, from birth to death, is about one month long.

What is the egg phase of a mosquito?

Eggs are laid in clusters and float on the surface of water. They can be stuck together in rafts of hundreds, or laid separately on water or flooded soil. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours. Adult female mosquitoes can lay eggs every 10 to 14 days.

What is the larval stage?

Mosquito larvae live in water from 4 to 14 days depending on the water temperature. They come to the surface frequently to get oxygen. They feed on algae and small organisms living in the water. The larva sheds its skin four times while it grows. After the fourth time, the larva becomes a pupa, the stage before the mosquito becomes an adult.

What is the pupal stage?

The pupal stage is a resting, non-feeding stage. Mosquito pupae must live in water from 1 to 4 days, depending on the species and water temperature. When development is complete, the pupal skin splits and the mosquito emerges as an adult.

What is the adult stage?

The newly emerged adult mosquito rests on the surface of the water for a short time to dry and allow all its parts to harden. The female adult can live up to one month, the male only one week.

Why do mosquitoes make a buzzing noise?

Mosquitoes flutter their wings very fast, some as much as 250 times per second, producing a high-pitched buzz.


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