Interesting Mosquito Facts

Interesting Mosquito Facts
Did you know? Only female mosquitoes need a blood meal, the reason being in many species the female needs to obtain nutrients from a “blood  meal” before she can produce eggs, whereas in many other species she can produce more eggs if she can obtain a blood meal.  Typically both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices. Some mosquitoes that bite humans routinely act as  vectors for a number of infectious diseases affecting millions of people per year. Others that do not routinely bite humans,  but are the vectors for animal diseases, may become disastrous agents for zoonosis of new diseases when their habitat is  disturbed, for instance by sudden deforestation. The Anopheles mosquito, is a vector for Malaria and Filariasis. Aedes  mosquitoes are vectors of avian malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya. Lymphatic filariasis (the main cause of  elephantiasis) can be spread by a wide variety of mosquito species; Certain Mosquitoes spread the West Nile virus which is a  concern in the United States.
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