Mosquitoes are considered as most hated insects all over. They are irritating pests that transfer hazardous diseases. Some mosquito-borne diseases are malaria, yellow fever, dengue, encephalitis, etc.
Mosquitoes live by sucking on your blood. But these nasty pests are very interesting. Let’s look at some amazing facts about mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are the deadliest insect
Mosquitoes are responsible for over 1 million deaths each year. It might seem impossible but it’s true. Malaria is responsible for the majority of deaths. According to WHO (World Health Organization) approx, 500 to 600 malaria cases come every year.
The mosquito doesn’t directly kill people; rather the parasite they carry is the reason for disease. Female mosquito of the Anopheles genus carries the parasite that causes malaria.
you can protect your home from mosquito using mosquito mesh.
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Mosquito wings beat 300 – 600 times per second
The buzzing we usually hear when a mosquito comes near you is the sound of mosquito wings beating. Their amazing wings' beat speed is 300 – 400 per second, one can’t notice it with eyes.
Research has also noticed that male mosquitoes and female mosquitoes of Aedes Aegypti can hear the wings beat of their partners. When both male and female mosquito meat they synchronized their wings beats.
Most mosquitoes can travel only 2 -3 miles far
Mosquito can not travel very far in one go. If they do so they will die.
The mosquito can smell human breath
A mosquito can sense you from 100 feet away. CO2 that human bodies produce acts as a signal for mosquitoes. Mosquitos fly back and forth around the CO2 smell.
In addition to that, our bodies produce hundreds of chemical odors; some of them are very attractive to mosquitoes. Perfumes and some skin lotion are also very attractive to these insects.
The mosquito can see in the dark
Mosquitoes can sense their target (human). A mosquito draws to the human by the cue they receive from their signal. They can find you in darkness easily even if they are 50 feet away from you.
Only female mosquito bite
You will be surprised to know that not all the mosquitoes are interested in biting you. Only female mosquitoes suck blood from human bodies. As they need strength and protein for reproduction.
But male mosquito doesn’t need such a protein they only feed on flower nectar.
The mosquito can drink up to 3 times more blood than their weight
You might think what can a tiny mosquito do except suck little blood. You will amaze to know if 12 lakh mosquitoes suck your blood at a time you will die. Mosquito use proboscis to suck blood.
The mosquito has been around since the Jurassic age
Mosquitoes are almost 210 million old insects. The mosquito has been mentioned as a difficult pest in history as well. As they carry deadly bacteria, that cause diseases like malaria, dengue, zika virus, etc. Now mosquitoes have more than 3500 types of species.
Mosquito bumps are the result of saliva
When a mosquito bites you, they leave some saliva. Mosquito saliva causes an allergy that appears as an itchy red bump on your body. if you are one of those who has a red bump after the mosquito bite, that means you are allergic to mosquito saliva.
Safety tips to protect your home from mosquito
Mosquito enters your home mostly at dusk and dawn. To stop the mosquito from entering your home you can shield your home with mosquito mesh. Spray organic repellents so mosquito doesn’t want to enter your home.