Thank you for visiting the Any Pest, Inc. mosquito information page. We are providing this content to help educate our current and future customers about the mosquito population that is so prevalent in our Atlanta area. Here, you will find fact about these blood-sucking insects, including:
- Diseases caused by mosquitoes
- Myths about mosquitoes
- Facts about mosquitoes
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The mosquito is a common flying insect that inhabits most environments around the globe. 2,800 different species of mosquitoes exist, and they can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, or 2.4 kilometers per hour. It is the female mosquitos that drinks blood, and they also nourish themselves on plant nectar. As the female mosquito bites you, she injects an anticoagulant, or anti-clotting chemical, to ensure that your blood flows freely for her to ingest. Mosquitoes locate their victims by sight, smell, and by detecting their body heat. Amazingly, not all species of mosquitoes feed on human blood.
Mosquitos are known to carry various diseases, including malaria, dengue fevere, encephalitis, yellow fever, West Nile virus, canine heartworms, and many others. The blood-drinking females are able to transmit diseases from an animal to a human or from one human to another as they feed.
Common to all insects, the body of the mosquito has three parts: head, thorax, and abdomen, with a hard exoskeleton and six long, jointed legs. The wings on the mosquito are veined, and they take nourishment through a straw-like proboscis that can only consume liquids. A mosquito undergoes four separate stages of development in its lifetime, which includes a complete metamorphosis. These stages are egg, pupa, larva and adult. Mosquitos live about a month, and once the adult females drink blood, they lay a raft of anywhere from 50 to 400 tiny white eggs in standing or slow-moving water.
Within a week, these eggs will hatch into larvae, known as “wrigglers”, which breathe air through tubes held above the water’s surface. These larvae eat bits of floating organic matter, and often, will even eat each other. They molt four times during their growth cycle, and after the fourth molt, they are known as pupae. Pupae, also known as “tumblers”, continue to live close to the surface of the water, breathing through two horn-like tubes called siphons. They rest on their backs, and they do not eat during this stage.
After several days, the pupa’s skin splits and an adult mosquito emerges. The adult will live only for a few weeks.
Mosquitoes are often carriers of disease, such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), West Nile encephalitis virus, canine heartworm, and many others. The females, who drink blood, can carry disease from an animal to a human or from one human to another as they feed.
Mosquito Myths and Facts
- Myth: Both male and female mosquitoes inflict bites. Fact: Only the female mosquito bites. She uses the protein from the blood she ingests to develop her eggs. The male mosquito typically feeds on the nectar from flowers.
- Myth: The mosquito dies after she drinks a blood meal. Fact: Mosquitoes are capable of biting more than once. After the female mosquito drinks a blood meal, she completes the development of her eggs and may deposit up to 400 of them at a time. She may then seek another blood meal.
- Myth: Bats are very effective at controlling mosquito populations. Fact: Bats are indiscriminate feeders and will eat any sort of insect that flies by. They don’t single out mosquitoes for food and very rarely have any substantial effect on the mosquito population.