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Mosquito Myths

Myth: Both male and female mosquitoes bite.
Fact: Only the female mosquito bites. She uses the protein from the blood she takes to develop her eggs. The male mosquito feeds on nectar from flowers.

Myth: The mosquito dies after she takes a blood meal.
Fact: Mosquitos are capable of biting more than once. After the female mosquito takes a blood meal she completes the development of her eggs and may deposit up to 400 eggs. She may then seek another blood meal.

Myth: Bats are very effective at controlling mosquito populations.
Fact: Bats are indiscriminate feeders and will eat any sort of insect that flies by. They don't concentrate on mosquitoes and very rarely have any substantial effect on the mosquito population.