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Male vs. Female Mosquitoes

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Differences Between Male and Female Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are well-known for biting people and transmitting numerous diseases. Surprisingly, the sex of these pests actually plays an important role in that behavior.

In discussions concerning male vs. female mosquitoes, people can differentiate between the two based on diet, size, and appearance.

Do Male or Female Mosquitoes Bite?Males primarily feed on the nectar of flowers, but only females actually require blood in order to produce eggs.

Male vs. Female Mosquito Appearance

In terms of appearance, male vs. female mosquito antennae is the simplest way to tell the difference. Males have feathery antennae that help them sense their potential mates' wingbeats.

Conversely, female mosquitoes have especially plain antennae. They also have unique mouthparts, as female proboscises are constructed in order to pierce human skin. In terms of size, female mosquitoes are generally larger than males.

Controlling Mosquitoes (Male & Female)

Mating swarms of male and female mosquitoes are a common sight in hot, humid areas. The pests are capable of reproducing in any area of stagnant water from the smallest bit of water in any type of container to large ponds, making proper drainage and the avoidance of pooling paramount.

Wearing light-colored clothing and covering exposed skin can also help deter mosquitoes. In order to design a plan to effectively control them, contact the pest control specialists at Orkin.


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