Facts About Mosquitoes

Home and Garden - General
By: jseven    
04-May-2011

Introduction:Mosquitoes are one of the biggest pests on this earth and even though they serve a purpose as food for birds, spiders and dragonflies. I still do not have any use for them. The question has always been "what attracts mosquitoes to me?" Well, studies have been done by the New Jersey Agricultural Center for Vector Biology, and here some facts about those pesky mosquitoes.

  • 01

    How Many Species of Mosquitoes?

    According to the biology center there are about 3,000 species of mosquitoes worldwide, but only 150.in North America. Well, now I feel better... not.

    Just in case you want to avoid where most of them live, New Jersey is called the "Mosquito State" because 63 species of mosquitoes have been found in that state alone. I am no longer dating any guy from New Jersey, period! I will not get stuck in mosquito hell for the rest of my life over a guy.

    To top it off, there are different neighborhoods or major habitats of these mosquitoes in New Jersey. Don't these sound like the kind you want in your neighborhood? The Snowpool Mosquitoes (snow...isn't summer and fall bad enough?) Floodwater Mosquitoes, Swamp Breeding Mosquitoes, and Container Breeding Mosquitoes.

  • 02

    Lifespan of a Mosquito

    Most mosquitoes only live a whole two weeks and can do a lot of biting in those two weeks, but remember, only the females bite. A lot of them also become food for their captors during that time. Then there are the die hards that live up to 3 months if the environmental conditions are right. Some arctic mosquitoes hibernate in a non-active state for 6-8 months and some actually lay eggs under the ice and they hatch come spring. Oh joy!

  • 03

    Living Quarters of Mosquitoes

    You think they are gone for the winter, right? Well, yes and no. A mosquito is cold blooded and cannot regulate their body temperature so they are most active in temperatures in the 70 to 80 degree mark. At 60 degrees, they become lethargic and below 50 degrees, they cannot function. But, some of the female species will hibernate during winter in basements, hollow longs and swamp mud. The scathing female will arise to a vampire feeding in spring and lay her wondrous eggs after that.

  • 04

    Who Do Mosquitoes Love?

    This is an age old question and one that no one know for sure, but speculations and studies seem to lead to a few things the female vamps like.

    Since only the females bite, you have no worries if you hear buzzing, because only the males buzz. If you hear nothing? Watch out, you may be a target! I know, how can you watch out if you can't hear your enemy? Just wear any of the organic mosquito repellent that is in the list below, to be safe.

    A female or the females will follow the carbon dioxide and lactic acid trail to find a human or animal victim from up to 100 feet away. So, if you just don't breath, you will be fine. Otherwise, don't sweat a lot, because they seem to like people who sweat because of certain chemicals in the sweat.

    Mosquitoes also go for the feet a lot because of certain bacteria on the feet more than other parts of the body. The theory with that is that a lot of bacteria on our body falls to the ground and lands on our feet as well as the odor that comes from feet.

    They also like body heat and can detect that quickly, so if you wear dark clothing that pulls in heat, you will pull in the lady vamps, too. Mosquitoes can also see your colors and anything that stand out from the habitat will attract mosquitoes more than something like camouflage or lighter colors that blend in.

  • 05

    Diseases Carriers

    Female mosquitoes are the blood suckers and deposit some fluid when they bite to make the blood draw smoother. They can transmit disease through this method and are the highest form of insect to do so. Mosquitoes can transmit malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever and dog heart worm. They cannot transmit HIV because the virus is treated like food in the mosquito's body and digested.




Final Thoughts

Do use an organic and safe mosquito repellent on your skin to avoid toxic chemicals going into your bloodstream. Also, protect your dogs from heart worm by feeding them a lot of raw meat and bones in their diet, rather than vaccinating them with toxins. See link below for more about natural heart worm protection.


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