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There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Luckily only 175 of them are found in the United States, and even fewer in Georgia. The 3 most common mosquitoes in the Atlanta area are Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes feed on more than just you! Both male and female mosquitoes feed on fruit and plant nectar, but the females also need the protein found in your blood to help her eggs develop. So everytime you donate blood to these pests, you are helping them repopulate. The female mosquito will “bite” you with her proboscis, a long, pointed mouth that sucks your blood. Once she acquires the blood, it’s only a matter of a couple days before her babies are on the way.
Mosquitoes are attracted to humans for a variety of reasons. They can smell our breath, our sweat, and even perfume and skin lotions are intriguing to them.
They are drawn to us through the CO2 trails left from exhalation, and chemicals in our sweat. Keep in mind that wearing dark clothing can increase your chance of encountering mosquito attacks, because darker colors retain more heat, and can cause you to sweat more.
Mosquitoes also use heat sensors to detect us via our body heat. They can even sense out the best capillaries to drink from in our body using the temperature of our blood.