5 surprising facts about mosquitoes
Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite?
Only Female Mosquitoes Bite
There are about 3,500 species of the little vampires, and they can be found in virtually every part of the world. But not all mosquitoes look upon you as a delicious meal. While both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant sap as their nutrition source, only female mosquitoes need blood for egg production.
Mosquitoes Prefer Darker Colours
Black might be slimming, but if you're trying to avoid mosquitoes, best to opt for lighter-coloured clothing as they can be attracted to darker colours.
Mosquitoes Do Prefer to Bite Some People Over Others
If you keep getting bitten while those around you don’t, it may be because the flying pests are attracted to the body chemistry of some people over others. Chemicals such as carbon dioxide, which is emitted when you breathe out, and lactic acid, an element found in sweat, attract mosquitoes.
A Full Moon Makes Mosquitoes More Active
Werewolves, zombies, and mosquitoes? Yep, the full moon can be blamed for many strange occurrences both real and imagined. Scientists have never actually seen a real-life zombie, but they do know mosquitoes exist— and that a full moon can increase mosquito activity 500 per cent!
Mosquitoes Need Only 14.5 Millilitres of Water to Breed
Mosquitoes prefer to lay their eggs in still or stagnant water or wet earth, and they only require a small bit of water to do so. In fact, for development, the immature stages of some types of mosquitoes only need a tablespoon of water to breed, an amount that can easily collect in old tires, children's wading pools, holes in trees, bird baths, saucers underneath plants - even a bottle cap.