FAQs about Mosquitoes

Is it true that male mosquitoes don't bite?
Only the female mosquito bites to obtain a blood meal. The male mosquito feeds only on plant nectar.

Do mosquitoes need water to survive?
All mosquitoes must have water in which to complete their life cycle. Female mosquitoes will lay their eggs in shallow water or even on damp soil that is prone to flooding.  Mosquitoes can survive in natural water sources such as puddles left after a storm, creeks, lakes, marshes and in man-made water sources such as fountains, gutters, bird baths, rain barrels, storm drains and abandoned pools.  

How long does it take for mosquitoes to complete their life cycle?
Only seven days are required to complete their life cycle (egg to adult) during warm weather.

What is the average lifespan of a mosquito?
The female mosquito may live as long as three weeks during the summer or many months over the winter in order to lay her eggs in the following spring.

What is the deadliest animal in the world?
Because mosquitoes can spread deadly diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis, more deaths have been caused by mosquitoes than sharks, tigers, crocodiles, snakes, spiders, or bees combined.    A single malarial mosquito can infect more than 100 people.  Malaria claims the lives of 483,000 children per year - 90% of those in Africa.  

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