Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many species of mosquitoes are there?
A: About 2,700.
Q: And how many are resistant to at least one insecticide?
A: More than 50.
Q: What does a mosquito weigh?
A: About 2 to 2.5 milligrams (for an Aedes aegypti).
Q: How much blood does a female mosquito drink per, er, serving?
A: About 5-millionths of a liter (for an Aedes aegypti).
Q: How do mosquitoes find new hosts?
A: By sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals).
Q: How fast can a mosquito fly?
A: An estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
Q: How far away can a mosquito smell you or another host?
A: 20 to 35 meters.
Q: Why does a film of oil on water kill mosquito larvae?
A: Because the oil clogs up the snorkel that the larvae use to breathe.
Q: When do mosquitoes feed?
A: Day-time. Night-time. And all times in-between. Truthfully, some species prefer different times of day or night. This behavior may have evolved to match the host’s behavior.
Mosquitoes What are mosquitoes.
Dengue FeverOne of the deadly diseases mosquitoes transmit to humans.
Malaria One of the deadly diseases mosquitoes transmit to humans.
Mosquitos Control How can we control mosquitoes, their habit of biting people and spreading disease.
Environmental Factors Environmental Factors and how they effect mosquitoes and disease.
Comparison of Bug Sprays Here we compare different Insect Repellents.
Protections Tips on how to protect yourself from bug bites and mosquitoes.
FAQ Frequently asked questions about mosquitoes and insect repellents.
Links Important resource links to other sites about disease, mosquitos and insect repellents.