The rainy season brings with it millions of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can even carry infectious diseases from person to person and from place to place. Mosquitoes are the most killing creatures on earth. Let’s know about them in detail:
- There are more than 3500 types of mosquitoes present on the earth which came around 200 million years ago.
- Mosquitoes can also smell human breath. They even smell CO2 from 75 feet away.
- Mosquitoes usually fly at a speed of 2 feet per second but cannot fly above 40 feet, they fly in an area up to 1 mile from their place of birth.
- Only female mosquito suck blood, male mosquitoes are vegetarian.
- Mosquitoes are about 16 millimeters long and weigh 2.5 milligrams.
- Mosquitoes suck blood from 0.001 to 0.1 ml of their one time sting.
- When mosquitoes become very rash for blood, they start biting from clothes too.
- A female mosquito can breed 300 eggs simultaneously and produces about 500 eggs in its life.
- If mosquitoes do not get blood, they cannot produce new babies.
- The age of a female mosquito is about 2 months and that of a male mosquito is about 15 days.
- Mosquito wings flutter 500 times in a second.
- Mosquitoes can suck blood more than three times their weight.
- Mosquitoes are more attracted towards blue color than any other color.
- Mosquito has 6 legs and 47 teeth.
- Mosquitoes are more attracted to people who have just eaten bananas and having ‘O’ blood group.
- If all the mosquitoes present on the earth are killed and collected in a football field, then a pile of five km high will be piled up.
- Iceland is the only country where mosquitoes are not found.
- More deaths than all wars in history have resulted from mosquito bites.
- Malaria-caused disease is killing 10 million people every year i.e. one death every 45 seconds.
- If there is itching at the mosquito bite area, apply a spoon to it and heat it slightly, this will stop the itching.
Preventing Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes can do more than just annoy you. They can also spread dangerous diseases like ZIKA, WEST NILE Virus and DENGUE.
- Use Bug Repellent: Make sure it contains FDA-recommended ingredients like DEET
- Dress to Protect: Wear log sleeves and pants to cover your arms and legs
- Avoid Strong Fragrances: Scented lotions and perfumes can attract mosquitoes
- Protect your Home: Make sure that your windows have screens to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside
- Throw Away Standing Water: Mosquitoes breed in water, so empty water collected in rain gutters, buckets, toys and other locations outside
Different species of mosquitoes can carry different diseases
- Invasive Mosquitoes – Chikungunya, Zika and Dengue
- Local Mosquitoes – West Nile Fever, Malaria