Mosquitos are just a part of camping in the warmer months, and even with bug spray and a wide variety of repellant products, mosquitos can still be a real nuisance.
These annoying pests sustain themselves by sucking your blood – not unlike a vampire. However, far too many campers don’t understand the basics about mosquitos.
Take a moment to consider some of these crazy and interesting facts about mosquitos.
Mosquitos are one of the Deadliest Animals on Earth
Though you might think a shark or lion is the deadliest animal on Earth, you would be dead wrong. The thing about mosquitos is that there are so many of them, and because they live off of blood, they frequently carry disease.
This doesn’t mean that you are going to contract a terrible illness every time you get bitten by a mosquito – far from it. However, globally, mosquitos are incredibly dangerous.
Only the Females Feed on Humans
Every mosquito that has bitten you in your lifetime for sustenance has been female. Crazy, right? The males can actually feed on the nectar of flowers. The females, on the other hand, need to find a source of protein for the process of egg creation.
So, they have to turn to sources of food other than flowers. When the females aren’t producing eggs, though, they will also happily feed on flowers.
In fact, there are some types of mosquitos that don’t even like to feed on humans. Instead, they prefer to feed on animals and certain amphibians.
Their Wings are Incredibly Fast
If you ask anyone what animal beats its wings the fastest during trivia, most will tell you it’s the hummingbird. However, mosquitos actually beat their wings faster.