19 Things You Didn’t Know about Mosquitoes
We don’t like mosquitoes because their buzz sound doesn’t let us sleep in nights. The mosquito bites give rashes and sometimes cause serious diseases. No one likes them, still, they managed to reach in almost every country.
Today, we are going to show you 19 facts about these mosquitoes which you didn’t know. Some of them look fake, but they’re true.
19 Mosquito Facts
Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on this planet. They kill more humans than any other animal, because of the diseases they carry, including dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria, and encephalitis. The bites of mosquitoes can also be lethal even to your dog.
You can avoid mosquitoes in the afternoon because in the afternoon, the temperature is high and these insects rest in the cooler spots.
Every year, nearly 250 million people get infected with malaria, and it kills nearly 1 million of them, mostly these are children in Africa.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are only four chemicals which are effective as mosquito repellents; these are DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, IR3535, and Picaridin.
Mosquitoes sense the heat and humidity around our bodies. They also get attracted towards us because of the lactic acid, octanol, and the carbon dioxide which can be found in our breath and sweat. In their preference, beer drinkers come first.
Mosquitoes have the ability to sense carbon dioxide from the distance of 75 feet.
Salt Marsh mosquitoes can migrate for up to 40 miles for a meal.
Smelly feet attract certain species of mosquitoes like Limburger Cheese.
A study showed a full moon increases mosquito activity for up to 500%.
Dark Cloths attract some mosquito species more than lighter clothes.
There are nearly 3,500 species of these little pests, but only a few hundreds of them feed on human blood.
George Washington and Martha Washington also suffered from malaria.
Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals, while the male mosquitoes feed on flower nectar.
Mosquitoes fly at the speed of 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
For breeding, all mosquitoes require water. Some species of these pests can breed in puddles which are left after a rainstorm.
An adult mosquito can survive for up to 5-6 months.
The emergence of a mosquito-borne disease chikungunya can be traced to a drought of 2004 in Kenya. Currently, it’s not reached the United States, but scientists believe it can happen anytime.
The average weight of a mosquito is nearly 2.5 milligrams.
During feeding the blood, an average mosquito drinks nearly 5 millionths of a liter of blood.
So, these were the facts about these creatures. We hope that you got some interesting information about these disease causing flying insects.
If you have any other fact which generally people don’t know, then you can share it with our readers in the comment section.