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Administration Building - Community Resources
Hours
M - F: 8am - 5pm
Phone
407-742-0200
Address
1 Courthouse Square,
Suite 1100
Kissimmee, FL 34741

Mosquito Facts

  • Only the female bites to obtain a blood meal and that the male feeds on plant juices.
  • Female mosquitos may live as long as three weeks during the summer and many months in the winter.
  • All mosquitoes must have water in which to complete their life cycle.
  • There are about 2,800 different species of mosquitoes.
  • Most mosquitoes remain within 1 mile of their breeding site. A few species may range up to 20 miles or more.
  • There are over 150 described species of mosquitoes from North America. Several species have been accidentally introduced from other parts of the world.
  • Presently, the cues used by mosquitoes to find their hosts are poorly understood. Carbon dioxide (CO2), heat, octenol and light have been shown to be attractants. Other compounds tested such as lactic acid also have proved to attract certain species of biting insects.
  • Mosquito is Spanish for "little fly."
  • To Humans and domestic animals, mosquitoes are a nuisance and a health hazard, since they can transmit a variety of diseases.