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Mosquito Identification

Mosquitoes are often confused for different insects. They can best be told apart from other pests by their small size and long proboscis, which is used for feeding. 

Female mosquitoes must find a source of standing water to lay their eggs on to reproduce properly. Mosquitoes often lay eggs in birdbaths, buckets, gutters, pools, and more.

Mosquitoes usually only live for a few months. Once a mosquito egg hatches, it takes about 14 days for the larva to reach adulthood. Read here to learn more about mosquito lifespan!

We all know someone who just can’t catch a break from mosquitoes. There are many reasons why someone might be attractive to mosquitoes, including natural scent and blood type.

Contrary to what many believe, mosquitoes feed on more than just blood. In fact, male mosquitoes don’t draw blood at all. Nectar is the staple of a mosquito diet.

Mosquitoes are infamous for their bites. A mosquito bite will often result in mild symptoms and heal in a few days. Read here to learn how to identify mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes cannot transmit HIV. Even if they were to draw blood from a host infected with the virus, they do not transfer any blood when they feed and thus do not transmit HIV.

Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting some of the most dangerous diseases in the world, from Zika virus, to West Nile virus, to malaria. Learn all about the diseases that mosquitoes can cause here.

Mosquito Identification in Virginia

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