Why Mosquitoes Bite (Video)

Learn which mosquitoes bite, and why, from Terminix entomologist Dr. Stan Cope.

 

Why Mosquitoes Bite

Here, Dr. Stan Cope, Terminix International's director of entomology and regulatory services and a mosquito expert, explains why mosquitoes bite.



The first thing you should know is that only female mosquitoes bite.The reason a female mosquito takes blood is because she requires a protein source in order to develop her eggs.

Worldwide we have somewhere arount 3,000 different types of mosquitoes, and about 175 in the United States. But did you know that most of those mosquitoes will never bite humans? They tend to bite large animals, birds, and some mosquitoes only bite amphibians.

Once that female mosquito takes your delicious blood, she can produce anywhere from 50 to 300 eggs. Within just a couple of days all those eggs are going to hatch, perhaps in your yard, which can create a mosquito problem for you.

Click the links below for more information about mosquitoes and Zika:

General Mosquito Information
Get The Facts About The Zika Virus
Zika Virus Symptoms (video)
7 Easy Ways To Stop Mosquitoes From Breeding In Your Yard
How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes Inside The House And Out
Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted To Humans?
Mosquito Bites 101