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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Mosquitoes

 

Q:      Is it true that only female mosquitoes bite? If so, why don’t male mosquitoes?

A:      Female mosquitoes are indeed the biters.  They need the blood for their eggs.  Human blood contains protein, and the female mosquito needs the protein to develop her eggs.

 

Q:      How long can a mosquito live?


A:     
Mosquitoes typically live about two weeks, although some adult mosquitoes can survive the winter in a sort of hibernating state which enables them to survive for up to 8 months.

Remember, many of the larvae in ponds are eaten by fish and a large percentage of adult mosquitoes end up as dinner for birds, spiders and dragonflies.  Thank goodness these predators are around, or else our mosquito problems would be far worse!

 

Q:     Why does my friend seem to get more mosquito bites than I do?

A:      There are several theories about why some people are more apt to be victims of mosquitoes than others, but some of the more popular and plausible ideas revolve around human blood types and odors.  It is felt that mosquitoes are attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale, and then after they zoom in on us, they sense the moisture and heat of our bodies, and decide if we fit their preferences for a blood meal.

 

Q:      Aren’t mosquitoes mainly found near ponds and marshes?

A:      Although those are prime breeding areas for many mosquitoes, some mosquitoes will breed in stagnant water just about anywhere, including old tires, swimming pools, buckets, trash cans and overturned trash can lids, birdbaths, clogged rainspouts and gutters, ditches, trenches, tire ruts, old flowerpots and even knot-holes in trees. 

As you can see, if there is enough space for a small puddle, there is enough space for mosquitoes to breed!

 

Q:      What can I do to keep mosquitoes from breeding around near my
          home?

A:      Make sure you do not have any standing water in your yard.  Be sure to change the water in birdbaths every week.  Dump water from any buckets, trash cans, wading pools, old tires, etc. and situate them so water cannot accumulate in them.  Keep your gutters and rainspouts clear so rainwater can run freely down them.

If you live near a pond or marshland and already have quite a few mosquitoes, you may want to use mosquito traps to catch and kill mosquitoes.   

It is important to make sure you are not harming beneficial insects in your quest to eliminate your mosquito problem. 

 

Q:     Do mosquitoes transmit AIDS?

A:      No, mosquitoes do not transmit AIDs.

 

Q:     How many types of mosquitoes are there in the entire world?

A:      If by types, you are referring to species, there are estimates that range from 2500 to 2700 species of mosquitoes in the world.  Some estimates have been as high as 3000.

 

Q:     Can mosquitoes survive in very cold climates?

A:      Yep, just ask anyone living in Alaska!  There are places in Alaska where mosquitoes thrive.  Mosquitoes that do survive cold winters are either hibernating adults or overwintering eggs.