Mosquito FAQs

What Repels Mosquitoes?

Citronella Repelling Mosquito

Rarely do we seek to do what’s irksome, bothersome, and offensive to those around us. But when it comes to mosquitoes, this can be a good strategy. Here are a few things that mosquitoes hate: Basil: Eat some pesto, plant an herb garden, or keep potted basil plants on your porch or patio. Mosquitoes don’t enjoy the smell of basil, so hopefully they won’t intrude on your next Italian feast. Tansy: Another plant mosquitoes don’t like is a yellow-flowered perennial called tansy. Tansy is a low-maintenance plant that you could mix into your landscape design. Unfortunately, however, some people find...
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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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Do Mosquitoes Have Teeth?

Anopheles mosquito image

You may be relieved to know that mosquitoes do not have teeth! But unfortunately, this doesn’t prevent those pesky mosquitoes from biting you. Mosquitoes have a long tube attached to their mouth, which is designed like a hollow needle called a proboscis. Using their proboscis, mosquitoes are able to pierce your skin and extract your blood, like they were sipping it out of a straw. Consider yourself one, big, mosquito soda fountain! A mosquito’s proboscis has 47 sharp edges on its tip to help it cut through skin and even protective layers of clothing. Perhaps this is where the rumor...
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Why do mosquitoes like me more than anyone else?

mosquito-bite

5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and how to make yourself less attractive to bugs Have you ever felt like every mosquito within ten square miles comes buzzing straight for you as soon as you step outside? We are often asked why mosquitoes prefer some humans over others. Well, it all comes down to how good you smell (or bad, depending on your perspective). Mosquitoes have very acute receptors in their antennae and heads that can detect human scents up to 100 feet away. Scents are one of the primary indicators mosquitoes use to identify their prey. It’s actually only...
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