MOSQUITOES

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What are mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are a group of true flies (insects with just one pair of wings) that comprise the family Culicidae. All mosquitoes require standing water for their eggs to hatch and their immature stages to develop. Each egg gives rise to just one aq...

Where do mosquitoes develop?

Each kind of mosquito is dependent upon certain specific habitats, and the female lays her eggs in those sites that will support development of her offspring.  For example, many kinds of Aedes mosquitoes exploit small containers such as cans, bo...

Why do mosquitoes bite?

Adult female mosquitoes do not need blood to survive, but many require blood to produce each brood of eggs.  Those of a few species are capable of producing eggs without a blood meal. Because they don’t pester people, these are rarely noticed by...

How do mosquitoes find us?

Mosquitoes are reviled because of their penchant for biting.  They detect the carbon dioxide we exhale as well as the heat and other attractants we emit.  While seeking a blood meal, some (but not all) kinds may ‘sing’ in our ears, and often at ...

What value do mosquitoes provide?

Mosquitoes serve themselves and exploit diverse ecological niches.  Mosquitoes serve as nutriment to many kinds of generalist predators, but no predator is so specific that it depends exclusively upon mosquitoes. Hence, mosquitoes may form som...

Do mosquitoes offer any benefits to people?

The burden imposed by mosquitoes has stimulated jobs in the design, testing, manufacture, distribution and application of pesticides, anti-malarial agents, bed nets, window screens, and specialized earth moving equipment to reduce larval habitat...

Where can you find more information on mosquitoes?

To learn more about mosquitoes, mosquito-borne disease and the control of mosquitoes, we recommend you begin with these excellent resources: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/topics/mosquitoes.htm) ...