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Mosquito Facts. Do you Know Everything You Need to Know to Protect Your Family?

At Mosquito Squad of Greater Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra, we get and are happy to answer a large variety of questions about mosquitoes and our mosquito control services. It is our goal to educate our friends and neighbors so they know everything they need to know to protect their family and pets from this annoying and dangerous pest. One of the best ways we can do it is by sharing vital information about mosquitoes themselves.

Compelling Mosquito Facts

Did you know the deadliest animal on Earth is the mosquito? It is true. The tiny flying insect is responsible for almost a million deaths each year. If this one astonished you, the list of mosquito facts below might have a few additional surprises for you:

  • There are about 200 species of mosquitoes in the United States and 3,500 species worldwide.
  • There are 47 different types of mosquitoes inhabiting the Jacksonville area.
  • Mosquitoes have inhabited the Earth for more than 200 million years.
  • Only adult female mosquitoes feed on human blood – nourishment needed to lay eggs.
  • Mosquitoes have a four-stage life-cycle; Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult
  • Mosquitoes transmit dangerous diseases such as Malaria, Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and EEE.
  • Female mosquitoes can lay eggs in any tiny amount of standing water. An amount as small as a bottle cap full of water is enough to sustain her eggs into adulthood.
  • Mosquitoes fly 1-1.5 miles per hour. (For perspective: the average human walks at 3.1 miles per hour)
  • Most mosquitoes have the ability to fly 1-3 miles, however, two popular mosquitoes here in Jacksonville, the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus only fly a few hundred feet from their breeding ground.
  • Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.

If you’re looking for ways to add an extra measure of mosquito bite prevention to your family’s lives, we hope you’ll consider Mosquito Squad of Greater Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra as your partner in mosquito control. Call today for a free quote: 904-559-3414

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