They might be small, but mosquitoes can be a huge nuisance when they invade your home. Other than flying around noisily (and keeping you up at night), mosquitoes also bite painfully further adding to your troubles. They are also dangerous disease vectors spreading serious illnesses including West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Malaria among others. This makes them some of the deadliest pests in the world.
Mosquitoes are scientifically classified in the group Diptera since they only have a single pair of wings – the source of the sharp, irritating noise they produce as they fly around. These insects can be easily identified by their prominent mouthpart referred to as the proboscis and their long and thin legs.
What do mosquitoes feed on?
All mosquitoes (even those that feed on blood) primarily feed on nectar and plant juices. It’s only the females of particular species that require a blood meal to acquire nutrients needed for egg production. Those that feed on blood have more developed mouthparts that are adapted for piercing the skin of animals.
Several groups of people are more prone to mosquito bites. They include pregnant women, heavy breathers, people that produce more body heat, those with “O” blood type and people that have a lot of bacteria on their skin.
The lifecycle of the mosquito
Mosquitoesgo through four phases of development – Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. Once the female has mated, it will search for animal blood to acquire the nutrients it needs to produce eggs. … Read More