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Mosquito Identification

How do you know whether you’re dealing with a mosquito or another small bug? The main characteristics that set mosquitoes apart are their small size and long proboscis, which they use to feed.

In order to reproduce, female mosquitoes require a source of stagnant, still water to lay eggs. Popular mosquito breeding grounds include birdbaths, buckets, stacks of tires, and more.

Usually, mosquitoes only live for one to two months. The life cycle of a mosquito takes about 14 days for eggs to reach adulthood. From their, they will reproduce and eventually die off in two weeks or so.

If you or someone you know is a magnet for mosquitoes, you may be wondering what makes you so attractive to the pests. Many factors play into this, including blood type and natural scent.

Believe it or not, but mosquitoes do not feed solely on blood. In fact, only female mosquitoes require blood meals. Nectar is a mosquito’s source of sustenance for both male and female mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are infamous due to the fact that they bite. In general, mosquito bites heal in just a few days with mild symptoms. Learn how to identify mosquito bites vs. other bug bites here!

No, mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV or AIDs. Even if they feed on an infected host, they do not inject blood when feeding and thus do not 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 about mosquito-borne diseases with our experts.