Mosquito FAQ

  • What Is A Mosquito?
    Mosquitos are flying insects of the Culicidae family. The name "mosquito" is commonly applied to over 2000 different species. In the US there around 150 recognised species of mosquito.

  • Do All Mosquitos Bite?
    No. It depends on the species. Some do, some don't. Even in species that do bite humans, it is usually only the female that bites.

  • Why Do Mosquitos Bite Humans?
    Food. The female mosquito needs protein for egg production and blood provides a rich source of this.

  • What Attracts Mosquitos to People?
    Mosquitos appear to be attracted to a number of things, including moisture, movement and carbon dioxide (CO2) production. The last of those is the basis behind the well known mosquito magnet.

  • Are Mosquito Bites Dangerous?
    Sometimes. After a number of bites an itchy red mark can appear, although some people are more sensitive than others. Of more concern is that mosquitoes can act as a transmission vector for various diseases including malaria, yellow fever and West Nile Virus.

  • What Is DEET?
    DEET - N,N-diethly-3-methylbenzamide - is an artificial pesticide developed by the US Army. It is effective against many insects including mosquitos and is found in many of the preparations available on the market. Some people prefer to avoid using artificial pesticides.

  • Can Garlic Deter Mosquitos?
    Garlic has a reputation for deterring many pests including mosquitos and their relative, the Scottish biting midge. Coating the skin with a garlic based jelly has been shown to keep mosquitos away and there is anecdotal evidence that eating garlic might also be effective. Given the possible dangers from mosquito bites I don't recommend you rely on garlic alone!

  • Why Not Just Use A Bug Zapper?
    Bug Zappers can be a cheap, effective way of protecting an area in the short term. However they are totally indiscriminate, attracting and killing many insects including beneficial ones - some of which might be mosquito predators!