As we all know, mosquitoes are one of the deadliest insects in the world. These pests not only make you itch when they bite you but can transmit many life-threatening diseases.
World Mosquito Day was created to bring awareness of mosquitoes and the deadly diseases they transmit, mostly malaria. According to the World Health Organization, more than 400,000 people worldwide die each year from malaria, most of them being children under five years old.
At Mosquito Authority, our job is to protect your family from mosquitoes. We want to ensure you, your children, and your pets have a fun, and more importantly, safe environment when enjoying your outdoors.
Since today is World Mosquito Day, we thought it would be fitting to share five interesting facts about mosquitoes from NationalToday.com:
- Mosquitoes are the deadliest animal
Mosquitoes cause more deaths than any other animal on earth!
- Only females bite—and only when breeding
When they’re trying to reproduce, female mosquitoes need to feed on blood for the protein. Males and female mosquitoes not trying to produce eggs subsist on flower nectar.
- Synchronized wingbeats
Male and female mosquitoes synchronize their wingbeats with their mates.
- Mosquitoes aren’t attracted to light
Unlike most bugs, mosquitoes aren’t attracted to light, but to carbon dioxide. This gives them the indication that a mammal with tasty blood is nearby.
- Hypodermic needles are inspired by mosquitoes
The sharp proboscis that mosquitoes use to draw blood has inspired the design of improved, less painful hypodermic needles used in medicine.
If you are interested in learning more about mosquitoes, download our FREE Mosquito Awareness Guide today!