The more you know about these lil guys, the more you've got respect them.
It's summer and you know what that means. Especially in Limpopo, you don't only fight the heat you also battle the mosquitoes. I'm sure everyone hates mosquitoes as much I do.
Here are some interesting facts about those little blood suckers that you probably didn't know.
1. Fact #1: Although there are at least 3,500 named mosquito species, only a few hundred of them bite or bug humans.
In addition, the word "mosquito" is Spanish for "small fly."
2. The mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are responsible for the transmission of the Zika virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya virus.
3. The average mosquito lives for just over two months. Males can live for up to 10 days in ideal conditions, whereas females can live for up to 8 weeks.
4. The female mosquitos are the ones sucking the blood, which she does to feed her brood of up to 300 eggs.
5. As an adult, a female mosquito can lay eggs every 10 days.
6. For the record, a mosquito sucks on your blood with six "needlelike" mouthparts.
7. But don't worry: it would take 1.1 million mosquitos to completely drain the blood from an adult human.
8. Meanwhile, male mosquitoes live the high life, feasting on plant nectar or sap.
9. Mosquitoes are attracted to humans by smelling the carbon dioxide we expel and sensing our body heat.
10. And the whining, buzzing sound they make is caused by their wings...
11. Just so you know, female mosquitos can beat their wings up to 500 times per second, which is how male mosquitos find them.
12. And, yes, some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others, depending on their blood type, metabolism, and whether or not they've recently had a beer.
13. In addition to pregnant women...
14. Also, people who dress in dark clothing.
15. Mosquitoes aren't as obsessed with humans as we might think; they also prey on mammals, birds, and even amphibians.
16. When you're bitten, the itching you can't stop scratching is caused by the anticoagulants and saliva they inject into you, not the bite itself.
And the swelling is caused by our immune system reacting to and identifying those bacteria.
17. Are there any other reasons to love air conditioning in the winter? When temperatures fall below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, mosquitos either hibernate or die.
See? Now that you think about it, winter isn't all bad.
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