Mosquitoes are frequently misidentified for other bugs. The main characteristics that set mosquitoes apart are their small size and long proboscis, which they use to feed.
In order to reproduce, female mosquitoes require a source of stagnant water to lay her eggs in. Popular mosquito breeding grounds include birdbaths, buckets, stacks of tires, and more.
Mosquitoes are only known to live for a couple of months. The life cycle of a mosquito takes about 14 days for eggs to reach adulthood. Learn more about mosquito lifespan here!
Fortunately, mosquitoes are unable to transmit HIV. 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 about mosquito-borne diseases here.