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World Mosquito Day Trivia!

August 14 2018

Welcome to World Mosquito Day trivia! Answer the questions below to see how much YOU know about mosquitoes and to learn some new facts! 

Q1: True or false: mosquitoes are more deadly than sharks.

TRUE. 

Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world. 

Sharks cause only 10 deaths per year, crocodiles cause 1,000, snakes cause 100,000 and mosquitoes cause 750,000 deaths a year. 

Insecticide-treated bed nets are a simple, effective solution to reduce that 750,000 deaths. Learn more here

Q2: When do malaria-carrying mosquitoes bite?

AT NIGHT. 

The Anopheles mosquito, that carries malaria, primarily bite at night and carry the life-threatening disease caused by the blood parasite Plasmodium.

But the Aedes mosquito, which can spread viruses that cause dengue, zika, Chikugunya and rift valley fever, is active mostly during the day. 

Learn 5 more myths about mosquitoes here

Q3: All mosquitoes bite: true or false?

FALSE. 

Only female mosquitoes bite humans. Male mosquitoes can live off of plant nectar, but female mosquitoes need protein when producing eggs. 

(Human blood = mosquitoes' protein.) 

Q4: How many species of mosquitoes are there?

MORE THAN 3,500. 

But only about 175 of them are found in the United States. Want to know which U.S. state has the most species? Stay tuned for Q9 of our #WorldMosquitoDay trivia! 

Q5: What temperatures are mosquitoes most comfortable in?

HOT HOT HOT. 

Mosquitoes prefer hotter temperatures and are most comfortable when it's over 80 degrees, which is why they come out in the summer. 

Nigeria, the country with the highest malaria burden in the world, has an average low temperature of 69 degrees and an average high of 91 degrees, so mosquitoes thrive there year-round. 

You can give a family in Nigeria relief from malaria-carrying mosquitoes with just $10

Q6: How much blood can mosquitoes drink?

3 TIMES THEIR WEIGHT

Yikes! Mosquitoes can drink 3x their weight in blood. That's a lot for them, but the good thing is that an average adult from 150 to 180 pounds will contain approximately 4.7 to 5.5 liters (1.2 to 1.5 gallons) of blood.

Q7: Mosquitoes can lay up to 500 eggs at a time: TRUE or FALSE?

FALSE. 

Mosquitoes only lay up to 300 eggs at a time. So while that's still a lot, at least it isn't 500! 

Q8: What diseases do mosquitoes in the U.S. carry?

ZIKA & WEST NILE VIRUS. 

These are the two most common illnesses from mosquitoes in the U.S., but North American mosquitoes also carry Chikungunya and Dengue Fever. Thankfully, those of us who live in the U.S. don't have to worry about the threat of malaria, but mosquitoes can still be harmful.

Mosquito Joe has info and resources so you can stay protected!

Q9: Which U.S. state has the most species of mosquitoes?

TEXAS. 

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the number of mosquito species that live there. While Texas has the most with 85, Florida is a close second with 80 identified species of mosquitoes. 

Q10: How many legs do mosquitoes have?

SIX. 

Mosquitoes have six legs and one pair of wings. They also have antennae, which is what they use to smell.

What was your score? 

1/10 - 4/10: Amateur Anopheles. You're still learning about mosquitoes. That's cool, because so are we! There's always something new to learn. You can find out more about the impact mosquitoes have here

5/10 - 8/10: Smart Swatter. You know your stuff when it comes to mosquitoes! We had some hard questions, so those must have been the ones you missed. Wondering how to get more involved with Nothing But Nets? Here's how

9/10 - 10/10: Mosquito Maniac. You know everything there is to know about mosquitoes! Nice work! We are very impressed by your trivia skills! If you want to dive a little deeper, check out the Smithsonian's information on mosquitoes

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