Tiny Mosquito



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They are small, annoying, and leave itchy bites all over your arms and legs. While this is a fair description of the mosquito, some interesting facts about the mosquito may surprise you. It’s time for you get acquainted with the buzzing pest that ruins your summertime activities:

  • CampingA mosquito only weighs 1/25,000 of an ounce.
  • Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other living creature.
  • There are over 2,500 species of mosquitoes scattered throughout the world.
  • Hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes are born every day.
  • Most adult mosquitoes live for about two weeks.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite—they need the protein for their eggs.
  • Male mosquitoes survive by sucking on nectar and other plant juices.
  • The welt that appears after a mosquito bites is an allergic reaction to the saliva that is injected into your skin to prevent your blood from clotting.
  • Mosquitoes rarely travel farther than 300 feet from their birthplace.
  • Light colors are less attractive to mosquitoes than dark colors; thus, mosquitoes are more likely to choose a victim wearing darker colors.
  • Mosquitoes are found all over the world, even in cold places like the Arctic.
  • Mosquitoes prefer dark places like trees, grass and shrubs.
  • Like humans, mosquitoes have food preferences—not all mosquito species bite humans, some prefer birds, horses, frogs or turtles.


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