Scientist debunks 4 myths about mosquitoes that everyone believes in

By SSPDaily editionJan 24, 2024 12:02 PMLife
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4 myths about mosquitoes. Source: mosquitonixaustin.com

Mosquitoes are dangerous insects. They transmit deadly diseases and have been living next to humans for thousands of years, but we still know little about them and are wrong about many things.

In particular, Phys.org talked to Sarah Rothman, a doctor at the University of Maryland, on this topic. And she told us about 5 myths about mosquitoes that most people believe."

"I believe," the scientist explained, "that knowing the truth is important for public health and environmental justice.

All mosquitoes bite

It is not true that all mosquitoes are bloodsuckers, only the females of these insects bite us because they need blood to produce eggs. In general, they feed on pollen, just like bees and butterflies.

Mosquitoes are daytime insects

This myth says that mosquitoes are only active during the day. In fact, they feel good at night and bite at this time of day just as fiercely.

There are fewer mosquitoes in the city

For some reason, it is believed that there are fewer mosquitoes in cities. This is not true. There are as many of them in megacities as in the suburbs.

Mosquitoes have long adapted to urban realities and feel great in garbage cans, flower pots, and gutters.

Mosquitoes need a lot of water

It is believed that if you get rid of the pond in your yard and remove the birdbath, it will help get rid of mosquitoes.

This is a myth as mosquitoes need only a teaspoon of water to lay their eggs. Therefore, a pet bowl, wet tarpaulin, or water accumulated in children's toys will be enough for them to reproduce.

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