Fun facts about mosquitoes
Published: 11:47 AM, 20 August 2019 Updated: 12:13 PM, 20 August 2019
Though mosquito is so small, it is one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread diseases to humans causes millions of deaths every year.
Generally, we believe that mosquitoes bite humans because they need to feed on human blood, but this is not true.
Actually, female mosquitoes suck blood in order to help with the development of their eggs prior to laying them. Male mosquitoes do not feed on blood at all.
Only female mosquitoes require a blood meal and bite animals while male mosquitoes do not bite but feed on the nectar of flowers or other suitable sugar sources.
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded and prefer temperatures over 80 degrees. At temperatures less than 50 degrees, they shut down for the winter. The adult females of some species find holes where they wait for warmer weather, while others lay their eggs in freezing water and die. The eggs keep until the temperatures rise, and they can hatch.
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world.
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