Mosquito FAQs

Mosquito FAQs

Whether you are curious and interested in the fun facts about mosquitoes or trying to get a better understanding of their habits for mosquito control purposes, this article will answer all of your frequently asked questions about mosquitoes, as well as provide a little bit of interesting insight on the dreaded insect.

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Frequently asked mosquito questions

 

 

1. How far can mosquitoes fly?

2. How fast can mosquitoes fly?

3. How much do mosquitoes weigh?

4. How much blood does a mosquito take in each meal?

5. Do male and female mosquitoes bite?

6. Why do mosquitoes feed on blood?

7. How long do mosquitoes live?

8. How high can mosquitoes fly?

9. Can mosquitoes transmit AIDS?

10. What attracts mosquitoes to me?

11. How good is a mosquito's eye sight?

12. Why do mosquito bites itch?

13. How many different species of mosquitoes are there?

14. How can I identify an Asian Tiger Mosquito?

15. Where do mosquitoes breed?

16. When do mosquitoes feed?

17. Are mosquito-borne diseases only a threat in tropical climates?

18. How many eggs does a mosquito produce?

19. Which mosquito species spread the most diseases?

20. Why do mosquitoes make that annoying buzzing sound?

21. Why does a film of oil on water kill mosquito larvae?

22. How long does it take a mosquito to go through all 4 stages of its life cycle?

23. What are the different methods of mosquito control that I can use to get rid of mosquitoes?

 

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Answers to frequently asked mosquito questions

 

 

1. How far can mosquitoes fly?

  • The distance that a mosquito can travel depends on the species. Different species have different flight capabilities. For example, most mosquito species can fly up to 1-3 miles while other large pool breeders in the Midwest have been known to fly up to 7 miles from their breeding areas. The mosquito specie that has been known to fly the furthest is the salt marsh breeders. They have been known to fly up to 100 miles in certain circumstances, although traveling 20-40 miles is much more common for this specie when blood hosts are few and far between. The Asian Tiger Mosquito has a limited flight range of up to 300 feet. The distance a mosquito is able to travel also depends on high wind updrafts as they can be carried great distances on a strong wind current.

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2. How fast can mosquitoes fly?

  • Mosquitoes may seem lightning fast while you are in full swing trying to kill them but surprisingly depending on the species, most mosquitoes can only fly about 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.

3. How much do mosquitoes weigh?

  • Smaller species of mosquitoes weigh about 2.5 milligrams while the largest species is said to weight up to about 10 milligrams. Male mosquitoes are slightly smaller than female mosquitoes.

4. How much blood does a mosquito take in each meal?

  • A female mosquito will take in anywhere from 0.001 to 0.01 milliliters of blood in one feeding.

5. Do male and female mosquitoes bite?

  • No. While both male and female mosquitoes are nectar feeders, only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood.

6. Why do mosquitoes feed on blood?

  • Female mosquitoes stray from nectar and seek out blood hosts to feed on because they require a blood meal and protein for development of their eggs.

7. How long do mosquitoes live?

  • The lifespan of a mosquito varies depending on the specie but most adult mosquito species live for up to 2-3 weeks. If a mosquito makes its way into a garage, culvert, or an attic to hide out for the winter, it has a chance of lasting for up to 6 months.

8. How high can mosquitoes fly?

  • Generally most species of mosquitoes do not have very high flight capabilities. Mosquitoes will fly at heights of up to 25 feet or lower. The Asian Tiger Mosquito has been found to fly as high as 45 feet above the ground.

9. Can a mosquito transmit AIDS?

  • No. Mosquitoes cannot transmit AIDS because not only do they not hold enough blood on their mouth parts to spread the disease, but they also digest the virus that causes AIDS.

10. What attracts mosquitoes to me?

  • Mosquitoes use a combination of scent, sight, and heat to locate blood hosts. Mosquitoes are able to smell the carbon dioxide that you exhale from up to 100 feet away. Mosquitoes are also attracted to lactic acid, sweat, moisture, and the heat from your body temperature. Once mosquitoes are about 30 feet away, dark colored clothing and the changes the waves of light from movement will also draw them to you. Perfumes and colognes will also attract mosquitoes.

11. How good is a mosquito's eye sight?

  • A mosquito has two eyes that practically cover their entire head in a spherical arrangement. Each eye is filled with tiny lenses so the mosquito is able to see from multiple directions at once. Mosquitos really don't see up to 30 feet away and even when they are as close as 30 feet from you, they still have trouble distinguishing you from objects of similar size and shape. When a mosquito gets as close as 10 feet to a host, they use sensitive thermal receptors on the tips of their antennas to locate blood near the surface of the skin. If the humidity is high, the range of their receptors will increase three fold.

12. Why do mosquito bites itch?

  • When a female mosquito bites you, she injects a small amount of saliva that actually creates a numbing effect that allows her to feed on your blood without being noticed. The actual bite itself doesn't cause the redness and itching associated with a mosquito bite. The saliva that the female mosquito leaves behind actually causes an allergic reaction that creates redness, swelling and itching. Avoid mosquito bites by using mosquito repellents.

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13. How many different mosquito species are there?

  • There are 3,000 estimated species of mosquitoes worldwide.

14. How can I identify the Asian Tiger Mosquito?

  • The Asian Tiger Mosquito can be identified in a couple of different ways. While most species of mosquitoes feed at dusk and at dawn, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is an aggressive day biter. The Asian Tiger Mosquito will feed in direct sunlight while other mosquito species will rest in shady, wooded areas throughout the day. The Asian Tiger Mosquito can also be identified by its black and white stripped legs. Read more on the Asian Tiger Mosquito....

15. Where do mosquitoes breed?

  • All mosquitos must have water to complete 3 of the 4 stages of their life cycle. For this reason, female mosquitos need an area with stagnate or slow moving water to lay their eggs. Water sources that mosquitoes will use as breeding areas include places like tree holes, puddles, sewage effluent, any kind of container with still water, birdbaths, old tires, irrigated pastures, rain water ponds, rain gutters, and any other places retaining water. Mosquito Dunks and Mosquito Bits can be used to kill mosquitoes in their breeding area while they are still in the larval stages of their life cycle before they mature into biting insects. Gaining mosquito control over breeding grounds will drastically reduce the mosquito population on your property.

16. When do mosquitoes feed?

  • Most mosquito species will feed at dusk and dawn. Generally mosquitoes do not like direct sunlight but if you are in cool, wooded, shady areas you could get mosquito bites at any time throughout the day. Also, Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are an exception to this feeding schedule. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are aggressive day biters that will feed in direct sunlight throughout all hours of the day. Mosquito traps can be used to gain mosquito control over your property by trapping and killing mosquitoes during those peak feeding hours.

17. Are mosquito-borne diseases only a threat in tropical climates?

  • No. The risk of mosquito-borne diseases is very much a threat and rising risk in the United States for several reasons. Yellow Fever for example is believed to have originated in Africa and was spread to South America through a slave trade in the 16th century but things like global warming, urban crowding, mosquito resistance to many mosquito control insecticides, and diminishing public health are all factors that have mosquito-borne diseases on the rise in the United States. Use mosquito repellents to avoid mosquito bites and mosquito-borne diseases.

18. How many eggs does a mosquito produce?

  • A female mosquito can lay anywhere from 100 to 300 eggs at a time and will produce anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 eggs throughout her lifetime. This is why gaining mosquito control over breeding grounds is so important. It's much easier to kill hundreds of mosquito larvae at one time that it is to kill large numbers of mosquitoes as adults.

19. Which mosquito species spread the most diseases?

  • Although there are more than 3,000 mosquito species worldwide, most mosquito-borne diseases spread to humans through mosquito bites can be traced back to 3 of those 3,000 species. Anopheles mosquitoes are the only known mosquito specie to carry malaria and they are also known to transmit filariasis (elephantiasis) and encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes are known to carry encephalitis, filariasis, and the West Nile virus. The Aedes mosquito specie including the Asian Tiger Mosquito carries yellow fever, dengue, and encephalitis.

20. Why do mosquitoes make that annoying buzzing sound?

  • Both male and female mosquitoes create that irritating buzzing noise you hear from the rapid movement of their wings beating hundreds of times per second. Female mosquitoes beat their wings faster and create a higher pitched sound so it may be easier to hear them over male mosquitoes.

21. Why does a film of oil on water kill mosquito larvae?

  • Oil clogs up the snorkel that the larvae use to breathe. Mosquito Barrier is a garlic barrier concentrate that can be mixed with soy bean or canola oil to create a thin film on the top of breeding water and kill mosquitoes.

22. How long does it take a mosquito to go through all 4 stages of its life cycle?

  • A mosquito goes through the four stages of its life cycle in 4 to 7 days.

23. What are the different methods of mosquito control that I can use to get rid of mosquitoes?

  • There are a lot of different ways to approach gaining mosquito control over your property and also, many different mosquito repellents that offer hours of protection against mosquito bites. Mosquito traps for example are a very effective method of mosquito control and mosquito elimination. Mosquito Magnet and the SkeeterVac mosquito traps have been scientifically proven to kill mosquitoes and also reduce mosquito populations by interrupting breeding cycles to prevent female mosquitoes from producing future generations of mosquitoes.

  • Mosquito misting is also an effective way to gain mosquito control. The AllClear Mosquito Mister misting systems release concentrated mists in intervals that effectively repel and kill mosquitoes on contact. Mosquito Misters can be used to repel mosquitoes in backyards, at clubs, resorts and golf courses. Mosquito misting offers hours of protection against mosquito bites any time of the day or night.

  • Mosquito spraying is also a proven method of mosquito control. There are a variety of different mosquito spray concentrates that can be used to get rid of mosquitoes on your property. Mosquito barrier for example produces a garlic barrier that coats trees, bushes, foliage, grass, and the sides of homes and fences to repel and kill mosquitoes.

We hope this mosquito FAQ article was both informative and helpful. Good luck in all of your mosquito control efforts!