Why Do Mosquitoes Drink Blood?

photo of a mosquito drinking blood

Blood-Sucking Pests

It may surprise people to learn that adult male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar as a food source, while larvae survive on plant and animal matter in water. It is only the female that will bite humans to obtain a blood meal, which she uses to produce eggs.

Although only female mosquitoes drink blood (bite), these pests still make themselves a nuisance and can spread many diseases including Malaria, Zika, West Nile Virus, Equine Encephalitis, Dengue, among many others. In addition to their itchy and swollen bites, the insects buzz around yards, pools, and ponds on summer nights and attract wildlife like birds and bats.

Why Do Mosquitoes Drink Blood from People?

Adult female mosquitoes bite hosts to get the protein they need to produce and lay eggs. These insects have a long mouth piece that acts as a syringe to enter skin. As mosquitoes drink blood, they can transmit diseases and parasites to humans or pets.

Mosquito Control

Mosquitoes may develop massive populations in stagnant water near homes and neighborhoods. Emptying rain barrels, bird baths, and other containers deters infestations. For assistance with getting rid of biting mosquitoes, call the specialists at Western Pest Services.