WHAT IS A MOSQUITO?
A mosquito is a small, two-winged flying insect that lives in most parts of the world. Almost 3,500 types of mosquitoes can be found worldwide. Not all mosquitoes bite. When they do, the most common reaction is swelling and itching. Mosquitoes can carry vectors. A vector is an animal, insect, or tick that spreads germs to people and animals.
WHAT ATTRACTS MOSQUITOES?
Carbon dioxide gives insects the signal that blood is nearby – and since humans exhale CO2- we make it easy for these pests to find us.
ARE MOSQUITOES DANGEROUS?
Surprisingly, mosquitoes are the deadliest insect on earth. They can carry deadly diseases. In fact, more deaths have been reported as a result of a mosquito bite. They bite with a proboscis instead of teeth. Most bites are just irritating and itchy. Female mosquitoes feed on the blood from mammals and humans. Males prefer flower nectar as their primary food source.
WHERE DO THEY LIVE?
Mosquitoes can live inside or outside – wherever it’s comfortable. They gather around artificial or natural water containers that are close to where humans live and most egg production sites are found close to homes. Residential shady areas are popular for mosquitoes, as well as crowns of trees, sewer/storm drains, and thick bushes.