x Interesting Facts about the Amazing Mosquito
Larger people attract more mosquitoes, generally because mosquitoes are attracted to larger targets. Also, larger people produce more CO2 and lactic acid, which mosquitoes are very much attracted to.
This CO2 and lactic acid attraction is the same reason that being active outdoors, working or exercising, will also attract more mosquitoes because we produce more lactic acid and CO2 when we’re active.
Mosquitoes are also attracted to smelly feet, as well as Limburger cheese.
There is a good reason to wear light colored clothing in the summer as it tends to reflect light instead of absorbing it, keeping us cooler. Another good reason is that some mosquito species tend to be attracted to darker colored clothing more than lighter colored.
Research tests have shown that mosquitoes bite up to 50% more when they sense human movement.
In another study, full moons increased mosquito activity 500%.
Evidence of mosquitoes have been found in North America from the Cretaceous period, 100 million years ago and as long ago as the Triassic period, which was 400 million years ago.
There are 176 species of mosquitoes in the United States and a total of 2,700 species worldwide.
The average weight of a mosquito is 2.5 milligrams.
On average, a mosquito will suck up about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during a bite.
Mosquitoes find their mammal hosts by sight, observing movement; also by sensing infra-red radiation from the heat emitted from bodies; and finally by sensing chemicals, they’re attracted to lactic acid, carbon dioxide and other chemicals from a distance of up to 40 meters.
Mosquitoes fly an amazingly slow 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
The Salt Marsh mosquito will migrate 40 miles to find a blood meal.
The word “mosquito” is thought to be derived from Portuguese or Spanish and means “little fly”.
Mosquitoes are the most deadly animals on earth. They kill over 1 million people per year and transmit many deadly diseases to people and animals. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, filariasis and encephalitis [St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), Western Equine encephalitis (WEE), LaCrosse encephalitis (LAC), Japanese encephalitis (JE), Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV)].
Mosquito’s primary food source is nectar from plants or other sugar sources, the females use blood to feed their new offspring, not as a food source for themselves.
Mosquitoes belong to the insect order Diptera (True Flies) and have two wings like all flies but mosquito wings have scales, unlike other flies. The females differ from the males because they have a long piercing proboscis they use to suck blood.
Natural plant oil based insect repellents are an alternative to chemical sprays and lotions, which can have negative side effects. The natural aroma of these plant oils are very pleasing to people, but mosquitoes hate the scent and avoid these natural repellents.