Welcome back to the Gopher Patrol blog! If you have an itching to learn all about mosquitoes, have we got some interesting facts for you. Thinking about mosquitoes can be enough to make your skin crawl, but understanding a little more about these obnoxious summertime pests can help you prevent a mosquito problem in your home and on your property. If you want to get rid of an existing mosquito problem, we are just a call or a click away. Call Gopher Patrol, your Top Rated Local® mosquito prevention team, for safe, effective mosquito control in San Diego.

In today’s post, we will begin exploring the wild world of mosquitoes, providing you with interesting facts about these bloodsuckers to aid in your mosquito prevention efforts, so read on, friends!

Only Female Mosquitoes Bite

To the general population, mosquitoes all look the same, making it difficult to tell the males apart from the females. Afterall, they’re all annoying, right? While both need to feed to thrive, female mosquitoes require the protein found in blood to help her eggs grow. Female mosquitoes will feed on blood, rest for a few days, and then lay their eggs in shallow water. Males, on the other hand, will happily feed on fruit and plant nectar.

Mosquito Species in California

While there are more than 3,500 mosquito species in the world, California has 53 established species that are recognized in our state. Most are native to California with the exception of two new non-native species introduced in 2011 and 2013: Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. For more information about mosquito species found in California, return to our blog for an upcoming post on this topic.  

Mosquito Means “Little Fly”

Mosquitoes have more in common with flies than just being incredibly gross and annoying. Mosquito is Spanish for “little fly,” which is believed to have originated in the sixteenth century.

Mosquitoes Can Guzzle A Lot of Blood

Mosquitoes can drink close to three times their weight in blood. According to The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), common mosquitoes found in American households typically weigh about 2.5 milligrams. This means they can drink up 7.5 milligrams of blood.

Contact Gopher Patrol

We have only caught a glimpse of the fascinating facts about mosquitoes, so be sure to tune in next time to learn even more interesting yet not-so-fun facts about these summer pests. If you have a mosquito problem that needs solving, contact Gopher Patrol to schedule an appointment for mosquito control in San Diego.