Types of mosquitoes in South Africa
- Anopheles mosquito
- Aedes mosquito
- Culex mosquito
Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include: malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and Zika fever.
Did you know?
- Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth, because they carry a number of deadly diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.
- There are more than 3 500 species of mosquitoes.
- Only females bite humans and animals, males feed on flower nectar.
- Mosquitoes can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, and their wings beat 300-600 times per second.
- Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
- Mosquitoes don’t have teeth; they have a long, pointed mouthpart called a proboscis.
- Mosquitoes can drink up to three times its weight.
- The average lifespan of a mosquito is less than two months.