Ever mistaken a crane fly or midge for a mosquito? The main characteristics that set mosquitoes apart are their small size and long proboscis, which they use to feed. Learn more about their characteristics!
To be able to breed and lay eggs, female mosquitoes require a source of stagnant water nearby. Popular mosquito breeding grounds include birdbaths, buckets, stacks of tires, and playsets.
In the right conditions, mosquitoes can live for up to two months. The life cycle of a mosquito takes about 14 days for eggs to reach adulthood. Find out more about the mosquito life cycle.
Believe it or not, mosquitoes don’t only feed on blood! In fact, only female mosquitoes require blood meals in order to reproduce. Nectar is a mosquito’s main source of sustenance.
Yes, mosquitoes are infamous for their biting habits. In general, mosquito bites heal in just a few days with mild symptoms. Learn how to identify mosquito bites vs. other bug bites here.
Thankfully, mosquitoes do not and cannot transmit HIV or AIDs. Even if they feed on an infected host, they do not inject blood when biting someone and thus are unable to transmit HIV.
Mosquitoes are infamous for carrying and transmitting some of the world’s most dangerous diseases, from West Nile virus to Zika. Learn all you need to know about mosquitoes and the diseases they spread.