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Mosquito Identification

Mosquitoes look like many other bugs and are easily misidentified. Their smaller size and longer proboscis (used to feed) are the main characteristics that set them apart.

What do mosquitoes look like?

Stagnant water is the main breeding place for mosquitoes, where females lay their eggs. Sources of stagnant water for mosquito breeding grounds include buckets, tire stacks, birdbaths, bottle caps, etc.

The lifespan of a mosquito is only for a couple of months. In their life cycle, it takes approximately 14 days for eggs to reach their adult stage. Read more about the mosquito lifespan!

Do you know someone who is a “mosquito magnet”? Maybe it’s yourself? There are several factors at play when it comes to what attracts mosquitoes to a person, including scent and blood type.

Mosquitoes do not solely feed on blood, contrary to popular belief. Only female mosquitoes require blood as a food source. In fact, nectar is a predominant food source for mosquitoes.

Bites are what mosquitoes are most known for. Thankfully, most mosquito bites produce only mild symptoms and heal within a few days. Read more from our experts about identifying mosquito bites here.

Mosquitoes are known to be the source of transmission of West Nile virus, Zika, and other deadly diseases. Read more about mosquito-borne diseases here.