Interesting & Important Mosquito Facts

  • Mosquitoes require standing water in order to breed.  The most common is puddles left after a rain storm, but any small amount of standing water will do.
  • Adult mosquitoes can live 5 – 6 months, but average less than 2.
  • Mosquitoes locate and select a host primarily based on the presence of carbon monoxide, which they can detect up to 75 yards away.  When they detect CO2, they fly back and forth through the plume until they hone in on their meal.
  • Sweat plays a central role in how a mosquito selects its target.  They are attracted to a host of things in your sweat including octenol, a chemical released in sweat, as well as cholesterol, folic acid, certain bacteria, skin lotions, and perfume.
  • They locate your blood vessels by detecting body heat to zero in on the best blood supply.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite.  The males feed on flower nectar only.
  • Mosquitoes hibernate at temperatures less than 50 degrees.  Some types will lay eggs in the winter and then die leaving the larvae behind to hatch when the temperature rises.  They are cold blooded and prefer temps over 80 degrees.
  • Female mosquitoes can produce up to 300 eggs at a time and typically lay eggs 3 times in their life.  The eggs are deposited in a cluster called “rafts” that float on the surface of standing water.
  • Fish and Dragonflies are the mosquitoes’ only natural predator.