Color: Mostly gray

Size: ¼”-3/8”

Shape: Narrow, oval

Wings: Yes

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Region: Found throughout the United States

There are over 3,000 different kinds of Mosquitos found worldwide and of that number only 170 found in the United States. Mosquitos are closely related to houseflies and fruit flies and that is because of their 2 clear, veined wings. The Mosquito is known to feed on blood, but in actuality only a few species of Mosquitos need the protein in blood to survive. If the specie of Mosquito does feed on blood, it is only the female as they need that protein to reproduce as the male Mosquito only needs to feed on plant nectar to survive. The most common kind of Mosquito is the Culex Mosquito. The Culex Mosquito is a very common summertime pest that does feed on blood. The Mosquito does not bite but rather pierces the skin with is proboscis to suck the blood from its victim. The Culex Mosquito finds its prey by detecting body heat and carbon dioxide that is emitted into the air. They have been known to travel up to 14 miles to find their next meal. They are most active at dawn and dusk hours, but busiest during the night. Mosquitos breed in soft, moist soil or in stagnant water like that found in storm drains, kiddie pools and bird baths. Mosquitos that feed on blood like the Culex Mosquito are known to spread diseases like West Nile Virus, Malaria and Dengue Fever.