All About Mosquito Facts

Updated on April 6, 2016

When most people think of mosquitoes, they think of that annoying mosquito sound and that even more annoying mosquito bite. Believe it or not, there is much more to mosquitoes than you think—and you're about to learn all those mosquito facts!

Mosquito Anatomy

If you're like most people, you're so busy swatting when you see a mosquito that you've never had the time to examine one. At a glimpse, mosquitoes look like angry little critters that want nothing more than to suck your blood and make your itchy skin miserable. While that might be true in a sense, here are some of the mosquito facts you may have missed while you were busy trying to kill that dreaded mosquito.

  • The three main parts of a mosquito are its head, its abdomen, and its thorax
  • A mosquito has two eyes that make up the majority of its head. Each eye is filled with little lenses so it can see from multiple directions at once—making it difficult to swat that dreaded mosquito
  • A mosquito has one pair of wings coming off its thorax
  • A mosquito has six legs
  • Upon close inspection, a mosquito's abdomen has distinct markings that make it possible to tell which species it is
  • Mosquitoes are approximately 16 millimeters long
  • The average weight of a mosquito is about 2.5 milligrams

Did you ever notice any of those mosquito facts before? If not, you'll be sure to notice them the next time you hear that annoying mosquito sound!

Mosquito Gender Roles

You may think all mosquitoes are out to get you, but that's not true. Similar to other insect species like the praying mantis, only female mosquitoes are a threat to humans. As you read through the differences between female mosquitoes and male mosquitoes, be prepared for some surprises!

  • Both male and female mosquitoes eat flower nectar for nourishment
  • Female mosquitoes bite humans and animals so they can receive protein. This protein helps them lay eggs, thus bringing more blood-sucking mosquitoes into the world
  • A female mosquito has a ridged proboscis to pierce human and animal skin. Because of the serrated edges of her proboscis, her bite usually goes undetected until the itchiness sets in
  • A male mosquito has a proboscis, but it does not have ragged edges for biting
  • Male mosquitoes are slightly smaller than females
  • Only female mosquitoes make that annoying mosquito sound that puts you on red alert

It's amazing to see the difference gender can make, isn't it? Now you can rest at ease when you see a mosquito that doesn't make noise and only save your jumping for those pesky females that love to buzz before they bite.

Mosquito Control

The most important mosquito fact that people usually want to know is how to get rid of that dreaded mosquito in the first place. There are many mosquito control products on the market, but you should certainly keep some tips in mind before you go on a mosquito prevention shopping spree!

  • Mosquito repellant lotion and mosquito spray can certainly keep mosquitoes from biting you, but you must be sure to reapply often if you are outside in a highly populated mosquito area
  • Mosquito fog can help reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property, but this is not the best solution for the environment
  • Mosquito sprays (especially aerosol ones) are effective, but they are bad for the environment
  • Garlic mosquito repellant is fairly effective
  • Mosquito net fabric can be used to surround your bed, gazebo, or favorite chair. Just remember that the second you step out from under the fabric, you are at risk again
  • Mosquito zappers may be popular, but they very rarely capture mosquitoes
  • Mosquito traps such as Mega-Catch can lure and trap mosquitoes using UV lighting, C02, octenol, and heat

No matter what type of mosquito prevention and control methods you use, remember that the best mosquito trap is the kind that is as effective as it is safe for you, your family, and the environment.

Mosquito History

Even though your first instinct when you see a mosquito is to kill it and make it history, you may be surprised to learn a bit about the real history of mosquitoes. Here is a quick tutorial on mosquito evolution and history:

  • Mosquitoes were around in the Jurassic era when dinosaurs ran free
  • Scientists believe that mosquitoes originated in South Africa and eventually spread to the rest of the world
  • Mosquitoes have evolved to the point where there are approximately 2,700 different species of mosquitoes
  • Ancient mosquitoes were up to three times larger than today's mosquitoes
  • The word mosquito means "biting fly"
  • Some cultures associate mosquitoes with reincarnations of dead people

Mosquito Feeding Facts

Have you ever felt like a mosquito went out of its way to bite you? If so, there's a good chance you were right. Here are some of the reasons a mosquito may choose to target you:

  • Mosquitoes are more attracted to women than men
  • If given the choice, mosquitoes would usually rather drink blood from a blonde
  • Mosquitoes like to aim for moving targets
  • Many mosquitoes target people in dark clothing
  • Mosquitoes are more prone to attacking people and animals during a full moon

Random Mosquito Facts

As irritating as they may be, mosquitoes can be quite fascinating—as long as they're not biting you.

  • When female mosquitoes drink blood, they purify the blood in their systems and leave a small puddle of urine on their victim's skin. That is why when you first get bit, you may notice a small wet spot surrounding the bite
  • On average, female mosquitoes drink from 0.001 to 0.1 millimeters of blood per feeding
  • Even though they seem to move quickly, the average mosquito can only fly up to 1.5 miles per hour
  • Mosquitoes cannot fly too high; they fly somewhere between 25 and 40 feet up in the air
  • Most mosquito species can only fly about 300 feet before they need to rest
  • Mosquitoes from salt marshes can fly up to 40 miles for their next meal
  • When a mosquito flies, it flaps its wings between 400 and 700 times per second
  • Mosquito saliva has some of the same ingredients as rat poison
  • Any fans of mosquitoes can go to the annual Great Texas Mosquito Festival, where mosquitoes are honored in the strangest of ways

There you have it. Mosquitoes too often are only known for their bites, but now that you've read these mosquito facts, you know much more about mosquitoes than you ever thought you would. So remember your trivia, tell your friends, and the next time you see a mosquito, be happy that you can at least be more knowledgeable as you swat it.

Mosquito Facts from National Geographic

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        OKAY 

        7 months ago

        I AM SO scared of them l had to do an exam and it totally freaked me out

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        Benjamin Bui 

        17 months ago

        A lot of information I ❤️ IT!!!

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        AAmir 

        20 months ago

        Moskito have one heart but it's divided a three valves tubes one is tohrex in head and other is abdominal and last is in tail.

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        Lakhdar 

        3 years ago

        It's body heat, smells, color's you wear and even what you eat.My body must give off a lot of heat besuace I can be around 6 people and they always swarm around me the most .:(

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        Mikaela 

        4 years ago

        I'm mikaela! I'm allergic to them! I can't be out side latter than 7!:( I hate them so much!✋✋✋

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        valerie 

        5 years ago

        what kind of acid is a mosquito afraid

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        no offence but firstly, everyone knows these facts, and secondly, EVERYONE KNOWS THESE FACTS!!! what do you think we are? nine year olds?!

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        erza scarlet 

        6 years ago

        wow!!! it"s so cool

        i know i can share this to my friends

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        joe 

        6 years ago

        what colour should i wear around mosquitos

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        Kelly Kline Burnett 

        6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

        Any truth that we can repel mosquitoes with a B1 or Thiamine patch?

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        I dont care 

        6 years ago

        Just kill them

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        sierra 

        6 years ago

        mosquitos just take ur blood i dont think its nice at all & i also think mosquitos should be plant eaters instead of blood sucking vampires.........

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        roberto@capetown-concierge.com 

        6 years ago

        Mozzies are crap, find a product that kills them without harming the enviroment and I'll be the agent for the African Continent, get ready to make the big dollar!!

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        anabelle 

        6 years ago

        mosquitoes are awesome! people don't hate on mosquitoes we can carry diseases and spread them too! every animal deserves to be loved!

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        @J 

        6 years ago

        the reason 4 the red bumps is an allergick reaction 2 their saliva

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        lilly & rose 

        6 years ago

        we don't like masquitoes at all we are ellergic because are sisters

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        Mathys 

        6 years ago

        mosquitoes are flies.

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        miguil garcia 

        6 years ago

        moscitos they bite people like if the moscitos are like vampairs.

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        Dr. Gil Stav 

        7 years ago

        Mosquitoes are attracted to women more than to man because of the estrogen. But, when most women get pregnant and the level of estrogen goes higher (too high), the mosquitoes are not attracted to these women any more. Women that have normally low estrogen level may get bitten more by mosquitoes when they are pregnant because they have now in their blood the level of estrogen that attracts mosquitoes.

        For more information go into:

        http://howto-getridof-mosquito-bites.com/

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        Dr Gil Stav 

        7 years ago

        Mosquitoes are attracted to women more than to man because of the estrogen. But, when most women get pregnant and the level of estrogen goes higher (too high), the mosquitoes are not attracted to these women any more. Women that have normally low estrogen level may get bitten more by mosquitoes when they are pregnant because they have now in their blood the level of estrogen that attracts mosquitoes.

        For more information go into:

        http://howto-getridof-mosquito-bites.com/

        Gil

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        madhu 

        7 years ago

        why does mosquito produce sound?

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        kara 

        7 years ago

        i never thought about mosquitoes this way:^)

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        Dr. Gil Stav 

        7 years ago

        There is a lot of good information in this site.

        You may want to add that the knowledge that mosquitoes can transfer diseases is no longer than 150 years. First scientific publications about it appeared in the early 20 century.

        For more information go into:

        http://howto-getridof-mosquito-bites.com/

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        yeoy 

        7 years ago

        hello. my nama borat. i lika sex. it is niiiicee :))) go sexy timee

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        kreel racin 

        7 years ago

        thanks.

        this website makes me well known about mosquito.

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        ganimat saggu 

        7 years ago

        it is very interesting to know facts about mosquitoes that we see in our daily life...........

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        ashley 

        7 years ago

        hi gtyjyukhk hyukyumku

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        Matthew 

        7 years ago

        The sharkarama user is obviously an account created by some guerilla marketing company hired by mega catch, or a mega catch employee. Although it appears that you've included some genuinely helpful information, truly unbiased opinions never include brand na,e recommendations, or at least suggest more than one. If you want the internet to trust you, you have some things to learn.

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        NSikan Peter 

        7 years ago

        How does Mosquitoes Tranfer Malaria Parasite to an uninfected person?

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        liam maguire 

        7 years ago

        i love them that's my brother

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        7 years ago

        1- Do any one know that mosquitoes have 100 eyes.

        2- And have 3 hearts

        3- Can see you during the dark with UV teqniq.

        4- Have blood analyses system.

        5- It drug you to inject and the pit you feel that after suke the blood, not during suking, that is why you can not catch Mosqituo during pitting you.

        And there is alots fact about Mosqituos a lot not all pepole know about.

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        7 years ago

        Do any one know that mosquitoes have 100 eyes?

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        ron2lytii 

        7 years ago

        cool stuff, but i hate mosquitoes, my best enemy!!

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        Kite 

        7 years ago

        Nice advertising you've slipped in, very clever. I'd really appreciate some citations for your facts, especially blonde women. So white people are more prone, even though mosquitos are attracted to dark coloring? Hmm.

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        mozajerry 

        7 years ago

        this is the most trivial bit of pseudoscience drivvel i have read for a while

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        Mosquito Tube 

        8 years ago

        Not if it's in a giant piston getting crushed into goo like it deserves.

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        Mosquito Tube 

        8 years ago

        I thought of a great way to study mosquitoes. Here's the experiment: You take every mosquito in the world, put them ALL into an extremely large plexiglass cylinder, then lower a flat piston vented with air-permeable mesh onto the mosquitoes until they begin to compress, then keep increasing the piston pressure until the mosquitoes are crushed into goo, all while being videotaped through the plexiglass. Hypothesis: the video will be posted on YouTube and the world shall rejoice. (We'll even dub in some foley of what we think mosquitoes getting crushed would sound like, just to make it more enjoyable for everyone.) Little jerk-faced mosquitoes all DYING; now THAT'S mosquito science.

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        Mona 

        8 years ago

        Nice article on mosquitoes.

        One thing i would like to add up to this, did you know the scent of lemon grass oil keeps your home off mosquitoes?

        Anyways, good work, keep it up.

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        Ghillie0Sniper 

        8 years ago from Alberta

        holy! nice hub.. lol thanks!

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        EVA ROYAL RED 

        8 years ago

        Mosquitoes r insects not animals, 2 the comment that their 'dangerous animals, we must protect ourself from them.' people r dangerous animals, simple & quite banal. mosquitoes serve a purpose of life & balance. very interesting info. gotta love bugs:)

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        Erik 

        8 years ago

        This stuff is cool, but I'm still going to kill them every chance I get.

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        randy 

        8 years ago

        Is there any citations that can be used to back up or confirm these facts?

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        anonymous 

        8 years ago

        I feel that a few of these facts are inaccurate

        I mean: "Mosquitoes are more attracted to women than to men" and "If given the choice, mosquitoes would usually rather drink blood from a blonde"

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        OSWALd 

        8 years ago

        I sleep with a radio turned on and I am of the view that the sound of music repels mosquitoes. I sleep uncovered and bare from the waist up and although other people in the household, in other rooms complain about being bitten by the insect, I don't, once the radio is turned on. I would like scientists to develop my findings.

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        tammy 

        8 years ago

        why blondes

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        Anonymous 

        8 years ago

        Technically Bismark,

        Mosquitoes are INSECTS!

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        Emily 

        8 years ago

        Great site. Thanks. next time i try ti swat them away i wont move :P i have a bite on my cheek and many more!!!!! all i want to do is itch but i just use white vinigar and its gone no more itch!!!!! :D enjoy

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        m connor 

        8 years ago

        i still don't understand the point of mosquitoes

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        Bismark 

        8 years ago

        mosquitoes are deadly animals. we must protect ourselves from them.

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        chong li ti 

        9 years ago

        you can put more picture on it

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        person 

        9 years ago

        Cool!I got some more facts for my report! That video was kinda wEIrd but still.

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        mozziemaid 

        9 years ago

        I thought it was only gentlemen who preferred blondes!

        Great site.

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        Mosquito Guru 

        9 years ago

        Disease information is covered by another article here: https://hubpages.com/health/Mosquito-Diseases

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        Rhym O'Reison 

        10 years ago from Crowley, Tx

        Facinating. There is a lot of info I didn't know here, but I noticed you didn't mention the diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, like Dengue Fever, Malaria and West Nile Virus. Those are big reasons to protect ourselves from mosquito bites.

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