Fun Facts about Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes don’t actually bite you, they stab and their saliva causes the itching. There are approximately 3,000 different species of mosquitoes. Of that 50 of those species live in Minnesota! In the interest of science Arctic researchers uncovered their chests, arms and legs and reported as many as 9000 bites per person, per minute! An unprotected human could lose half of their blood in 2 hours! Mosquitoes can fly 1 to 11/2 miles per hour. It takes 400,000 mosquitoes to weigh a pound! Some people are really like magnets when it comes to attracting mosquitoes. It is because of their body chemistry. The most likely target is an overweight male with type O blood. Here is a little trick for the men:

-If a mosquito lands on your bicep, tense the skin to trap the mosquito’s proboscis-snout. Then flex your bicep muscle which will cause the mosquito to burst from the pressure in your blood vessel. Not everyone would enjoy this, but at least the mosquito would be dead. There is actually a World Mosquito Killing Championship. It is held in Pelkosenniemi, Finland. The goal is to see who can kill the most mosquitoes in 5 minutes. The current record is 21! People that are drinking beer are more likely to attract mosquitoes. People wearing black clothing will have more buzzers around them too! Mosquitoes can smell the carbon dioxide from your breath from 60-75 ft away.

Mosquito repellents don’t actually repel the mosquitoes but blocks their sensory receptors which acts like a human shield. Mosquito’s sense of smell is 10,000 times greater than humans! Eating garlic or taking a garlic pill daily is supposed to keep the mosquitoes away. Garlic would keep anything away! Male mosquitoes can find females by listening to the sound of their wings beating. The males identify them by the pitch of the female’s wings. Mosquito’s wings beat at 300 to 600 times per second. An adult mosquito consumes 5-millionths of a liter in a blood meal. A female mosquito weighs only 1-15,000 ounce or 2.0 milligrams.

Adult mosquitoes can live as long as 5 months. Their wings beat from 300-600 time per second! It could take several months for a larva to develop to an adult in cold water. Eggs from floodwater mosquitoes could remain dormant for several years. They will hatch when they get covered with water.

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