- Mosquitoes have very specialized mouthparts that includes a saw-like structure to pierce the skinís surface and a feeding tube to extract the blood.
- Mosquitoes can transmit disease to humans and wildlife such as encephalitis, malaria and yellow and dengue fever.
- Mosquito-borne disease outbreaks can greatly reduce tourism and significantly impact the economy.
- Mosquitoes locate you through exhaled carbon dioxide, body heat and odors.
- The average life of a female mosquito is two weeks, the male one week, but some can survive several months.
- Female mosquitoes can lay up to 250 eggs in each batch. Eggs can hatch up to seven years after being deposited.
- Mosquitoes are a part of the food web and provide nourishment for larger insects, fish and birds.
- Mosquitoes play a role in the pollination of plants; both males and females consume nectar for energy.
Among the many misconceptions:
- Spraying for adults is the best method of mosquito control.
Adulticiding is the least efficient method. Eliminating mosquitoes before they become adults is preferable.
- Bug zappers are effective against mosquitoes.
Bug zappers do not control mosquitoes and can reduce the populations of beneficial insects.
- Electronic repellers keep mosquitoes away.
No, they don't repel mosquitoes. Save your money.
- The citrosa plant repels mosquitoes.
Although citrosa oil (citronella) has been used widely as a mosquito repellent, the undisturbed plant itself does not release these oils and is thus not effective as a repellent.
- Bats, owls and other birds can control mosquitoes.
Although they may include mosquitoes in their diet, they do not consume enough mosquitoes to make an appreciable difference in their populations.
- Purple martins and bats are effective for mosquito control.
False. Purple martins and bats consume larger insects whenever possible. A man who sold purple martin houses started the myth of using purple martins for mosquito control in 1963.
- Eating bananas or garlic or taking Vitamin B1 can actually repel biting mosquitoes.
False. No evidence exists to support this claim.
- Residential vegetation can produce mosquitoes.
They may be resting in the vegetation, but standing water is required to "produce" mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes nest in vegetation.
Mosquitoes do not nest.
- Some mosquitoes can be two inches long.
They don't get that big. What you may have seen is a crane fly.
- Mosquitoes can transmit AIDS.
Additional information is available from:
- University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
- American Mosquito Control Association
- Florida Mosquito Control Association
To request Mosquito Control service or a community speaker,