Common Mosquito Questions

What Do Mosquitoes Eat?

Mosquito feeding on spring flower

We all know mosquitoes enjoy snacking on people – especially the sweet ones! But did you know that blood isn’t mosquitoes’ primary diet? Mosquitoes actually sustain on nectar and honey from flowers, just like most bees and butterflies. Yes, you read that correctly – mosquitoes are pollinators. They play a very important role in the natural ecosystem, helping plants reproduce and therefore providing us with many of the plant products we as people rely on. In fact, there are certain types of orchids that are only pollinated by mosquitoes! Furthermore, only females consume blood. Both male and female mosquitoes consume...
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Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

Man itching mosquito bite in white shirt

Why do mosquito bites itch so badly? And why do they swell?! If you are wondering how such a small insect can cause such incessant itching and swelling, the first thing to know is that mosquitoes don’t actually bite you. Instead, mosquitoes have a long tube attached to their mouth called a proboscis that they stab into their host and use to suck out blood like straw! Mosquitoes also have special hematophagous arthropod saliva in their proboscis. Hematophagous arthropod saliva is a scientific way of saying “spit from a blood-sucking creature with an exoskeleton.” This specific type of saliva has...
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