It’s easy to mistake a mosquito for another kind of bug. The most important indicators of mosquitoes are their small size and long proboscis, which they use to draw blood.
During their reproductive cycle, female mosquitoes must find a source of standing water to lay their eggs on. Popular mosquito breeding sites include pools, ponds, birdbaths, and more.
Mosquitoes usually only live for a couple of months. It takes about 14 days for newly-hatched mosquitoes to reach adulthood. Learn more about the mosquito lifespan here!
We all know someone who is a “mosquito magnet”. It may even be you! A few different factors contribute to who mosquitoes find attractive, including natural scent and blood type.
Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes do not only feed on blood. In fact, male mosquitoes don’t draw blood at all! Nectar is the primary source of sustenance in a mosquito diet.
Mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV. Even if they feed on someone who is infected with the virus, they do not transfer any blood to their host and thus do not transmit HIV.
Mosquitoes are notorious for transmitting some of the world’s most threatening diseases, from malaria to the Zika virus. Learn all about the diseases that mosquitoes carry here.
Mosquito Identification in Des Moines
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