Summer time is one of our favorite seasons, the longer days, the warm weather, and not to mention the start of festival season.
Unfortunately, there is one insect which just loves to ruin days spent enjoying this amazing season… mosquitoes!
While these pests can ruin our season, surprisingly, as well as the aggravatingly itchy bites these blood suckers cause, they are actually quite a spectacular group of insects.
Only Female Mosquitoes Bite
While this fact may be a bit surprising, as generally most seem to think that all mosquitoes bite, it is (in fact) only the females that like to use us as a tasty midnight feast. But, why do mosquitoes bite?
Female mosquitoes bite to feed on your blood. The protein and other compounds provide mosquitoes with a tasty feast that is essential to help them produce and develop their eggs.
Mosquitoes Are The World’s Deadliest Animals
When someone mentions the term “world’s deadliest animal” you probably start thinking of sharks, tigers, crocodiles and other fierce creatures.
Well, it may shock you to learn that it’s actually mosquitoes. Why? Well, it’s down to the harmful diseases that they are known to spread.
Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading several harmful diseases such as Malaria, Zika and Dengue to name a few. It is believed that as a result of this, mosquitoes are responsible for around 1 million deaths per year, which is why mosquito control measures are more important than ever before.
There Are An Immense Amount Of Mosquitoes Out There
According to the American Mosquito Control Association, there are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world.
Mosquitoes Are Very Old
Mosquitoes are as old as the Dinosaurs, with evidence of these biting insects dating back to the Triassic Period!
If you’ve seen the film Jurassic Park then this comes as no surprise as you’ll know that they used the blood found in fossilized mosquitoes to clone the infamous creatures to fill the park.
Mosquitoes Aren’t Only Attracted To Humans
So after reading this article, you might be a bit scared due to the number of mosquitoes there are. But don’t worry as not every mosquito has a craving for human blood.
Some species prefer to consume their Friday night cocktails from other animals such as frogs and birds.