1. It’s the deadliest creature in the world.
Each year mosquitoes cause over one million deaths worldwide (via the malaria virus they spread) — more than any other animal or creature.
2. Tampa, Florida, is the buggiest city in the United States.
According to a study from OFF! Insect Repellent, southern cities have the largest numbers of mosquitoes in the U.S.
3. Only female mosquitoes suck on blood.
They need it as a source of protein in order to produce healthy offspring. But like their male counterparts, they also must eat flower and plant nectar for nutrients.
4. And they can drink up to three times their weight in blood.
Which, depending on the species, is anywhere between 0.001 and 0.01 milliliters.
5. It’s their saliva that makes you itch.
They inject it when they bite because it contains agents that thin the blood (helps them get more in a shorter period) and numb the wound (so you don’t know you’ve been bitten). But most people are allergic, so that’s why you feel the need to scratch later.
6. They live longer than most bugs.
From larvae to fully developed mosquitoes, their lifespan is two-to-three weeks.
7. They love pregnant women.
Moms-to-be release more carbon dioxide and body heat, so mosquitoes are really attracted to them. Bugs also gravitate towards people wearing dark clothing.
8. Drinking beer also puts you at risk.
A study of 25 healthy men found that they were more popular with mosquitoes when they were drinking beer.
9. They only fly between 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
However, their wings beat between 300 to 600 times per second, which is why you can hear them buzzing right before they land on your arm.