Beware the next full moon on October 30th! Studies have shown that a full moon makes mosquitoes more active with biting activity increasing by as much as 500%.
In addition to mosquito bites, it’s now thought that the Zika virus may also be spread through tears and other body fluids including saliva and urine.
Smelly feet (and socks) are irresistible to certain mosquito species - it's actually the bacteria that grow on our feet that attract them. Limburger cheese, made with the same bacteria will also attract the biters.
You can’t avoid them! Mosquitoes feed day and night. Some species (Aedes) are daytime biters, others (Culex), start biting at dusk, while some will bite you all night long (Anopheles).
Our skin produces more than 340 chemical odors, and some of them smell like dinner to mosquitoes. That’s why people with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract more mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes don’t actually ‘bite’ because they don’t have teeth. Female mosquito uses a long, pointed mouth part called a proboscis to pierce the skin, locate a capillary, and then draw blood.
The odds of being bitten by a mosquito are better in
Male mosquitoes locate females by the sound of their wings. Females can beat their wings up to 500 times per second, and the males pick out the higher frequency of those beats when seeking a mate.
Mosquitoes generally fly below 25 feet. However, some species have also been found at extraordinary heights, including 8,000 feet up in the
Big people attract more mosquitoes. That’s why adults tend to get bitten more than children and why men are more likely to induce a feeding frenzy than their female companions.
The average mosquito lifespan is less than two months. However, females of species that hibernate can live up to six months.
Blondes and redheads attract more mosquitoes than brunettes, that’s because mosquitoes detect contrast, and in a crowd of people, blondes (and redheads) stand out.