Let’s say its summer time. You’re out in your backyard enjoying the sun and grilling your dinner. Ouch! You look down at your arm and see a painful, swelling mosquito bite. Moments later, you feel another one bite you. What are these pesky insects?
Mosquitoes are insects that have been around for more than 30 million years. And it seems that, during those millions of years they have always been pesky. Mosquitoes can detect heat, so they can find warm-blooded mammals and birds very easily once they get close enough.
They take flight and disappear in milliseconds before a fatal swat. And in our bedrooms, the fast, whiny hum of their buzzing wings can wake the soundest of sleepers.
Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes are carriers for some of humanity’s most deadly illnesses. Mosquito diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year.
There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes. Only female mosquitoes have the mouth parts necessary for sucking blood. When biting their victims, they stab two tubes into the skin. They use the blood not for their own nourishment but as a source of protein for their eggs. For food, both males and females eat nectar and other plant sugars.
Mosquitoes in your garden are a reliable source of food for thousands of animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, and frogs. In addition, humans are actually not the first choice for most mosquitoes looking for a meal. They usually prefer horses, cattle, and birds.
Beware! These blood sucking animas are ready to come for you!