Facts about mosquitoes? Apparently, this is never a ‘not so fun’ topic. However, there are certain fascinating facts that can change your point of view about the mosquitoes. So let’s start from the very beginning.

Facts about Mosquitoes
What are Mosquitoes?

These are the insects included in more than 3500 species of flies. They have much more to do than sucking your blood, honestly.

Biology proposes that organisms that depend on a host to survive are parasites. The mosquitoes, interestingly, are not parasites. Mosquitoes are said to be both, an animal and an insect.
Now when you know that what are these flying creatures, let’s move towards their association with various diseases as mosquitoes are widely known as ‘dangerous’ and ‘alarming’.
What are some Diseases related to mosquitoes?
  • Dengue: Who hasn’t heard about this disease. To be honest, a lot of people originally came to know about mosquitoes when a disease known as dengue came about. 

Although it is very rarely seen in the U.S it is clearly evident in countries such as those in Southeast Asia. Dengue results in problems such as fever, bruising, bleeding gums and etc. Sometimes it also leads to a kind of fever that is deadly.

  • Malaria: When someone catches this disease, problems such as fever, headache and vomiting can be seen. 

This disease is very rarely found in the people of U.S in but South Asia (e.g Pakistan), it is evident due to certain reasons.

  • Yellow fever: It is known as ‘yellow people’ due to one of its symptoms such as jaundice in which typically your eyes and skin look yellow. 

Headache, chills and vomiting are also seen if it is less severe.

It is to note that covering all mosquitoes related diseases is beyond the scope of this article but we should consider the prevention techniques to remain safe and secure as diseases may prove to be fatal.
Prevention Techniques:
  • Wear light coloured clothes as dark colours attract bugs.
  • Stay indoors during dusk and dawn.
  • Use natural repellent to keep mosquitoes away. 
  • Avoid settling near water. Note that water is a vital necessity for mosquitoes as well. Places around water are likely to attract bugs including mosquitoes.
  • Cover yourself properly.
  • Pray that you do not get infected by a mosquito, trust me that will work as well if you wholeheartedly trie to do so.

Facts about Mosquitoes

Facts about Mosquitoes:
  • Mosquitoes kill around one million people yearly. That is a  scary fact about mosquito but sadly we cannot punish mosquitoes for this.
  • Mosquitoes prefer type blood O

It is obvious that mosquito cannot detect people with this blood type by looking at people. However, if you fall their prey that good luck.

  • Mosquitoes are very slow. Their moving speed is around 115 miles per hour which is less than of most of the flies including butterflies. So your enemy is not too efficient luckily!
  • The wing flapping off mosquitoes produce the buzzing sound. Even though the mosquito has a relatively slow flight speed, it produces an average of 300 to 600 times per second. 
  • The heat and Carbon Dioxide of humans, mammals and birds are the sources that attract female mosquitoes, surely one of the most interesting facts about mosquitoes.
  • Malaria is actually a Parasite living inside the mosquito, and is transmitted/spread when the insect bites a person, informative fact about mosquitoes, isn’t it?
  • A single raindrop has more than 55% of the mass of a mosquito, yet it can manage to fly during the rain. 

They simply do not trick and dodge the drops but collide with them lowering their height.

  • Mosquitoes cause more deaths than any other creature. It is hard to believe but yes, that is why we had suggested you certain prevention techniques to not fall a prey of these ‘disgusting’ creatures.
  • Police in Finland found a dead mosquito in a car that had been stolen. They tested the blood inside the mosquito and used it to identify the car thief.
  • Male mosquitoes live around 10 days while female live up-to a month.
  • 210 million years is from when mosquitoes are present.
  • With a wingspan of 15 feet, the world largest mosquito statue is located in Canada.
  • Mosquitoes don’t bite, they suck.
  • Without a chemical signal, mosquitoes would continue to suck blood until they burst. 

It is strange and kind of funny to get across this greedy act of mosquitoes as humans.

  • Not every mosquito is willing for human blood. Some species of mosquitoes prefer to consume from other animals such as frogs and birds.
  • Scientists have stated that mosquitoes were originated from South Africa.
  • The word mosquito is from a Spanish word, ‘little fly’.
  • In a 2011 French study, researchers found that drinking 3 cans of beer lead to 30% more mosquito bites, showing that beer drinkers attract more mosquitoes.
  • Full moons = More mosquitoes. It is also scientifically proved that mosquitoes detect CO2 from 75 feet away.
  • It is a bit disgusting but mosquitoes are also attracted to smelly feet.
With these facts about mosquitoes, the topic of facts about mosquitoes comes to an end.
Do you know that there are also certain well-known quotes about mosquitoes such as:
“In my reality all the mosquitoes are vampires and all fireflies are dragons.” 
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to bed with a mosquito”
“Mosquitoes are like a family: they are annoying but they carry your blood.”
“When you really want to slap someone, do it and say: Mosquito.”
“Mosquitoes are the greatest mass murderers on planet Earth.”
How mosquitoes work (brief explanation):
With the help of chemical sensors (to detect carbon dioxide and lactic acid), visual sensors (to detect attractive especially darker colours) and heat sensors (to detect the heat of warm-blooded mammals), mosquitoes detect their prey. 

Then mosquitoes move towards the prey and such their blood.
Extending Information Regarding Facts about Mosquitoes:
  • These weigh around 2.5 milligrams.
  • Global warming and climate change are the major reasons for the increased mosquito population.
  • The female mosquitoes bite people. 

Both male and female feed mainly on fruit and plant nectar, but female requires extra protein which it obtains through the blood.

  • The mosquito bites last at least for 24 hours.
  • Mosquitoes do not have teeth, instead, they have a proboscis which is a long and pointed tube to pierce through the skin.
  • Mosquitoes do not pass HIV. These digest the virus so it is not replicated and is broken down without being transferred to someone.
  • Mosquitoes, in addition to humans, also harm the pets, so stay safe and keep your pets save as well by trying to keep them indoors.
  • Mosquitoes need the warm temperature to thrive while their eggs need still water to hatch the eggs. Unhatched eggs can last for prolonged periods if the water is not available.
To conclude on thorough analysis, the topic regarding mosquitoes is never fun. However, if we go through certain information such as the facts about mosquitoes, the topic becomes worth debating.

 It should be our priority to adopt the prevention techniques and stay safe and spread awareness amongst our community to stay safe as-well-as mosquito bore diseases are a serious threat to all of us which is increasing day by day.

Thanks a lot for reading, stay tuned with us for more.

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