Mosquito FAQ's

How long do mosquito bites last?

The bumps are actually an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva. The reaction can vary from person to person, but usually last no more than 24 hours. Try a topical anti-itch cream or an anti-histamine such as Benadryl.

Does a mosquito have teeth?

No. A mosquito has a proboscis, which is a long, pointed mouthpart used to pierce the skin. It contains two tubes; one for injecting saliva and one for drawing blood.

How many times can a mosquito bite?

A female will continue to bite and draw blood until her abdomen is full. If she is interrupted before she is full, she will fly to the next person. After feeding, the mosquito rests for two or three days before laying her eggs, then is ready to bite again.

How do mosquitoes spread malaria?

The mosquito feeds on an infected person and picks up the Plasmodium parasite. The parasite develops in the mosquito's body for about two weeks. When the mosquito feeds, the Malaria parasite is passed on in saliva. They transmit West Nile virus and other diseases in similar ways.

How long does a mosquito live?

Males usually live about five to seven days, while females can live two weeks to a month, under ideal conditions. However, the females of some species hibernate during winter, so they can live several months.

Can a mosquito pass HIV?

No. Mosquitoes actually digest the virus, so it does not replicate and is broken down before it can be transmitted to someone else. Also, mosquitoes pass such minuscule amounts of blood when biting that infection is not possible.

How much blood can a mosquito drink?

When its abdomen is completely full, between 0.001 and 0.01 milliliters, depending on the species.

At what range can mosquito detect a person?

A mosquitoes can sense plumes of carbon dioxide from human breath at several hundred feet. At under 100 feet, it can smell the odors of human skin.

How do male mosquitoes find females?

By the sound of their wings. The females can beat their wings up to 500 times per minute, and the males listen for that frequency when seeking a mate.

Why do some people get bitten more than others?

Scientists aren't sure what makes certain people more attractive to mosquitoes. They know that mosquitoes are drawn by large amounts of carbon dioxide and heat. They also prefer the scent of cholesterol, folic acid, bacteria from drying sweat and many perfumes, colognes and shampoos.

How fast can mosquitoes fly?

Most of them can fly about 1 to 1 ½ miles per hour. They usually stay fairly close to the ground and most don't travel more than a mile at most from where they hatched.

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