Fun (?!?!) Facts About Mosquitoes and Ticks

Author: Mosquito Squad of Princeton, Mercer, Bergen, and Passaic County

Mosquito facts you may not have known:

  • Female mosquitoes bite, not males.
  • A male mosquito’s lifespan is just 7-10 days.
  • Mosquito magnet? Some scientists believe that mosquitoes go after people with higher lactic acid and co2 levels in their bodies.
  • Mosquito bites can be dangerous for dogs. The only way a dog can contract heartworm is through a mosquito.
  • Mosquitoes kill more people than any animal per year.
  • Zombie mosquitoes! Larvae can lay dormant for up to 7 years without water.
  • A single mosquito with 1 soda bottle cap full of water can yield 1 billion mosquitoes in 1 month.  

How much do you know about ticks?

  • One bite for life: ticks only feed 1 time in their life cycle.
  • Ticks will crawl over a pile of snow for a blood meal.
  • Tick larvae only have 6 legs, the other 2 grow in later.
  • Next to mosquitoes, ticks reportedly transmit the most diseases to humans and animals.

Whether you found these facts fun or icky, one thing is sure – you want them away from you and your family!

Call Mosquito Squad for customized tick and mosquito control in Fairfield County and Westchester County.