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Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period 400 million years ago. They are known from North America from the Cretaceous 100 million years ago.

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There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.

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The average mosquito weighs about 2.5 milligrams.

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The average mosquito takes in about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.

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Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.

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Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.

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Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.

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Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid.

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Active or fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.

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Women are usually more attractive to mosquitoes than men because of the difference in hormones produced by the sexes.

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Blondes tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes than brunettes.

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Smelly feet are attractive to mosquitoes as is Limburger Cheese.

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Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes.

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Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.

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A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study

 
 
 
 

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