Mosquitoes are by far one of the least mysterious creatures to us. We know that they linger during warm and hot seasons and they live for making homes in our yards. They love biting us and that’s enough to know to stay far away from them when possible. Because we know well-enough about what they leave behind, we’re not super enthusiastic about getting to know them better, but what you didn’t know about mosquitoes might surprise you and also help you prevent them in the future.
Here are the top 5 things you don’t know about mosquitoes:
1. Only Female mosquitoes bite humans and animals
You might be surprised to know that each time you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, you’ve been bitten by a female mosquito. Male mosquitoes don’t bite humans or animals. Instead, they feed on flower nectar. So, why do female mosquitoes have a need to feed on humans and animals? Female mosquitoes need specific meals to make eggs and reproduce mosquito offspring. When female mosquitoes aren’t making eggs or reproducing, they’re happy to feed on flower nectar just like the males. Now you know that each time you find a mosquito bite, a female mosquito is nearby trying to reproduce. More mosquitoes? That’s a scary thought.
2. A mosquito’s wings beat 300-600 times per second
Ever wonder why you hear a high-pitched and highly annoying buzzing sound when a mosquito flies close to your ears? That is the sound from a mosquito’s wings, which beat anywhere between 300 and 600 times PERSECOND. Those are some quick wings. However, even though their wings beat at an incredibly fast rate, mosquitoes are actually very slow fliers. They only fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
3. There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes on Earth
That’s a lot of mosquitoes. However, not all live here in the United States and only a couple hundred species of mosquito feast on human blood. Some mosquitoes are known to stick to specific animals, like birds.
4. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away
One of the ways in which mosquitoes sense humans is by the carbon dioxide they emit. By sensing carbon dioxide, mosquitoes know which direction to travel in order to get their next meal. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from a human from 75 feet away. That’s quite a distance for their senses. This means they can sense you from across the street and be lured by appetite to your yard and home. Yikes!
5. Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth
Despite your founded fears in creatures such as sharks, snakes, and others that are more likely to bring you to a deadly fate, mosquitoes are actually considered the deadliest “animals” on Earth. Even with their small size and simple ability to bite humans and animals, mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest because they cause an estimated 830,000 human deaths per year. When you think about it, that’s quite a lot for a tiny buzzing bug.
Mosquitoes may not have claws, teeth or venom like many of the animals you fear encounters with, but mosquitoes are known to carry any number of deadly diseases. From Malaria to Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis in humans, and they can also carry heartworm, which can become lethal to many animals. That’s enough to make you want to put your home under a glass dome and keep mosquitoes out for good.
Mosquito Squad of Victoria can assist in keeping mosquitoes away from your yard and home while it’s still the season for mosquitoes. Contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria us today to start your mosquito control plan by calling us or by visiting our website today!