What Do Mosquitoes Eat?

front view of mosquito

Across the northeastern United States, mosquitoes are very common pests. Often living in large swarms near stagnant water, these insects are infamous for spreading disease and parasites through their bites. However, most people are unaware that only some mosquito species and sexes drink blood.

What Do Mosquitoes Eat Outside?

What Do Male Mosquitoes Eat?

A male mosquito does not bite humans. Although the pests have the same syringe-like mouthparts as females, they feed on sugars from plants instead. Mostly, male mosquitoes eat flower nectar.

What Do Female Mosquitoes Eat?

While they will also drink nectar, female mosquitoes feed on people and animals. Unlike males, these insects need the protein from blood to develop their eggs. Bites typically cause raised, irritated patches on skin.

Problems with Mosquitoes

As mosquitoes fly from host to host, their feeding process can transmit diseases such as the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and many others. For help with keeping these insects away from homes and yards, call the professionals at Western Pest Services.