12 Scary Mosquito Facts

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#1
Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for more human deaths each year than sharks, snakes, bears and lions combined.

#2
In the U.S. it’s estimated that mosquitoes drain 1.6 million gallons of blood from us every year. That’s equivalent to 4 million blood transfusions.

#3
Physical activity ups the risk for bites by as much as 50%. Working out builds up lactic acid in your sweat, making you more appealing.

#4
Type O blood types are bitten twice as much as Type A. Type B is somewhere in the middle.

#5
Mosquitoes are attracted by warmth and use thermal sensory information to track the heat signature of your body .

#6
Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. They are drawn to heat, and darker clothes retain more heat than light-colored clothing. Colors to avoid – black and navy blue.

#7
Only female mosquitoes bite because they need the protein found in blood to nourish their eggs. Male mosquitoes don’t bite, but feed on fruit and plant nectar.

#8
Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period – that’s 400 million years ago.

#9
A female mosquito can lay as many as 300 eggs in one go and produce up to 3,000 offspring during her entire life span.

#10
Just one bottle of beer can significantly boost your risk of being bitten, according to a study published in Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. Researchers suspect it’s because drinking beer increases the ethanol in your sweat, and ups your body temperature.

#11
Beware the full moon. Studies have shown that mosquito biting activity increases by as much as 500% during a full moon.

#12
Pregnant women get bitten about twice as much as the rest of us. The body temperature of pregnant women is a degree warmer than everyone else, and they exhale 21% more carbon dioxide (CO2), a known mosquito attractant.