Mosquito, the name is Spanish for little fly.
There are 3000 different kinds of mosquitoes and a worldwide population of 100 trillion!!
Most are in tropical climates, but there are mosquitoes in arctic and desert regions.
They can fly up to 10 mph, dart between raindrops and even fly backwards. Most live and die close to where they hatch, but some are strong flyers that travel many miles in search of a victim.
Only female mosquitoes bite. They require a blood meal in order to develop eggs to make more mosquitoes. Most female mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Stagnant ponds, ditches and fresh or salt water wetlands are favorites, but even a few tablespoons of water in a flower pot or old auto tire will do.
Depending on species, female mosquitoes may lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 during their lifespan.
The eggs hatch, become swimming larvae, then pupae and finally flying adults.
Depending on temperature, mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in as little as 4-7 days.
Mosquito larvae are an important source of food for certain fish, birds, bats and other animals. Goldfish and fresh water minnows (Gambusia affinis) will both eat mosquito larvae.
Why mosquitoes bite us and why we shouldn't let them.
In their quest for blood, mosquitoes may bite birds, frogs, snakes, and mammals, including people. Some, called peridomestic mosquitoes actually live and breed around homes just to be near us.
24 hours or so after hatching, a female mosquito flies off in search of a meal. She homes in on body warmth, odor, moisture and the carbon dioxide we exhale. When she bites, the mosquito injects a bit of saliva that slows coagulation so blood flows freely. It's your body's allergic reaction to the saliva that caused the welt and itching sensation.
Mosquitoes can also transmit canine heartworm, which is fatal to dogs once contracted. For protection, pet owners can purchase a preventative medicine from their veterinarian.
The average life span of the female mosquito is 3 to 100 days; the male's is 10 to 20 days.
What's being done about Mosquitoes and what you can do.
Whenever possible, government health authorities control large tracts of mosquito breeding land by larviciding. They use low toxicity biopesticides like B.t.i. (Bacillius thuringiensis subspecies israelensis), a live bacteria that's deadly to mosquito larvae, harmless to other living things.
The mosquito that bit you last night may have hatched in the birdbath right in your own back yard. At home or with school or community groups, you can effectively reduce mosquito problems using common sense and environmentally-conscious methods.
Use low toxicity insecticides and avoid highly poisonous sprays indoors and out. Natural pyrethrin sprays, made from chrysanthemums, are helpful in clearing rooms.
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