Mosquito Questions

Do Mosquitoes Have Teeth?

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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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