Mosquitoes are just terrible. And there's literally no running from them.
1. Mosquitoes can see you running away from them and they can detect heat.
2. Mosquitoes are attracted to the stuff you exhale. So if you don't want to be mosquito bait, you can always stop breathing. Just a reminder that your brain starts to die after a few minutes without oxygen. David Blaine held his breath for 17 minutes... hey, it's a start.
3. Unlike your significant other, mosquitoes are attracted to the aroma of smelly feet. And, O-type blood
4. Mosquitoes are carriers for loads of diseases including malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever and several types of encephalitis. Mosquitoes can also spread lymphatic filariasis, which can lead to elephantiasis. This disease that affects approximately 120 million worldwide and can also target male genitalia, leaving one with a case of elephantitis of the balls.
5. Pregnant or like beer? Studies have shown that the Anopheles mosquito, the primary vector for malaria, prefer and seek out the blood of pregnant women and beer drinkers.
6. Females are the ones that bite -- they need the protein from a blood meal to help in the development of her thousands of eggs (Ewww!)
7. It doesn't take much standing water for mosquitoes to breed -- a small puddle will do.
8. Bug zappers are useless for controlling mosquitoes -- they actually might attract more. What's effective? DEET. Don't want to spray it directly on to your skin? Spray a stocking and roll it over your head.
9. Like fellow bloodsucker, the bed bug, mosquitoes inject saliva into their bite victims that contains an anti-coagulant to keep the blood flowing. This video uses a microscope to video a mosquito injecting a mouse.
10. More vicious, aggressive species of mosquitoes are making their way to North America through sea transport of cut flowers (enjoy!)