Welcome to mosquito 101! Here you will find many fun, informative, and important facts regarding mosquitoes and their importance as it regards their relationship to mankind. From little known facts to up close video of a mosquito taking a blood meal you will find it all here. Without further ado, lets step into the classroom of mosquito 101!
Mosquito 101: Did you know?
- Mosquitoes must have water in which to breed, and different species require different types of water in which to breed successfully. From relatively clean water to grossly polluted water high in organic content, the breeding habitats preferred by many species are as varied as the many kinds of mosquitoes that breed in them.
- The mosquito life cycle consist of four stages; egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. Mosquitoes can complete their life cycle from egg to adult in as little as 5 days depending on temperature and species.
- Mosquitoes have an average life span of 2 weeks to 6 months depending on weather conditions and species.
- Only female mosquitoes seek a blood meal. They need the protein contained in the blood in order to produce their eggs.
- Both female and male mosquitoes need sugar in order to survive, which they get by feeding on plant nectar.
- There are 3000 species of mosquitoes worldwide, 68 of which are found in Louisiana.
- More humans deaths are associated with mosquitoes then with any other animal on the planet.
The many parts of an adult mosquito.
The many parts of mosquito larvae.
Watch as a mosquito takes a blood meal from a human host.
This is what a serious infestation of mosquito larvae looks like. Check the containers around your house, if you see these little wrigglers empty those containers before they turn into full grown adults!
Watch the life cycle of the mosquito as it grows from egg to full blown blood sucking adult.