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Mosquito Facts

  • Mosquitoes can fly 1 to 11/2 miles per hour.
  • Mosquitoes can fly in a mazy motion against the wind.
  • If a mosquito lands on your bicep, tense the skin to trap the mosquito’s proboscis-snout. Then flex your bicep muscle which will cause the mosquito to burst from the pressure in your blood vessel.
  • There is actually a World Mosquito Killing Championship. It is held in Pelkosenniemi, Finland.
  • Beer drinkers are more likely to attract mosquitoes.
  • Mosquitoes can smell the carbon dioxide from your breath from 300 ft away.
  • Mosquito’s sense of smell is 10,000 times greater than humans!
  • Mosquito’s wings beat at 300 to 600 times per second.
  • An adult mosquito consumes 5-millionths of a liter in a blood meal.
  • Adult mosquitoes can live as long as 5 months.
  • Eggs from floodwater mosquitoes could remain dormant for several years. They will hatch when they get covered with water.
  • Eating garlic or taking a garlic pill daily is supposed to keep the mosquitoes away.
  • The red bump and itching caused by a mosquito bite is actually an allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva.