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Mosquito Identification

Mosquitoes are commonly misidentified for other types of insects. The main characteristics that set mosquitoes apart are their small size and long proboscis, which they use to feed.

To be able to reproduce, female mosquitoes require a source of stagnant water to lay their eggs in. Popular mosquito breeding grounds include birdbaths, buckets, stacks of tires, and more.

Mosquitoes only live for upwards of two months in the spring or summer. The life cycle of a mosquito takes about 14 days for eggs to reach adulthood. Learn more about mosquito lifespan here!

Are you a magnet for mosquitoes? Many factors play into what makes someone attractive to mosquitoes, including blood type and natural scent. Learn all about what attracts mosquitoes here!

Contrary to popular belief, mosquitoes do not feed solely on blood. In fact, only female mosquitoes require blood meals for reproduction reasons. Male and female mosquitoes alike feed on nectar to survive.

Mosquitoes are infamous for their biting habits. In general, mosquito bites heal in just a few days with mild symptoms. Learn how to identify mosquito bites with expert tips.

The good news is that mosquitoes are unable to transmit HIV or AIDs. Even if they feed on an infected host, they do not inject blood when feeding and thus do not transmit HIV.

Mosquitoes are infamous for carrying and transmitting some of the world’s most dangerous diseases, from West Nile virus to Zika. Learn all you need to know about mosquito-borne diseases.

Mosquito Identification in Vermont

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