1 ) There are around 3,500 species of mosquitoes, but only a couple hundred feast on human blood.
2 ) If you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, it was a female – they need a blood meal before they can lay eggs.
3 ) The female’s saliva contains an anti-coagulant that lets her more easily suck up her meal. The saliva induces an allergic response from her victim’s immune system; that’s why a bite leaves an itchy mark on your skin.
4 ) Females lay their eggs in shallow water or even damp soil that’s prone to flooding. Get rid of any standing water near your home to reduce the mosquito horde flying around your home.
5 ) The best time to avoid mosquitoes is in the afternoon, when temperatures are hottest and the insects rest in cooler spots.