Myth: Mosquitoes are attracted to all people equally.
FACT: Mosquitoes are actually attracted to some people more than others. Factors like body heat, carbon dioxide output, fragrances, body wash and sweat can make some individuals more appealing to mosquitoes than others.
Myth: Mosquitoes only bite at night.
FACT: While it's true that some mosquito species are more active at night, many mosquitoes are opportunistic and will bite at any time of the day, especially in shaded or damp areas.
Myth: Eating bananas attracts mosquitoes.
FACT: There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that eating bananas attracts mosquitoes. Their attraction is primarily based on body chemistry and heat emitted by humans.
Myth: Mosquitoes suck blood for nutrition.
FACT: Female mosquitoes feed on blood to obtain proteins necessary for egg development. Their primary source of nutrition is plant nectar, not blood.
Myth: Mosquitoes only breed in standing water.
FACT: While standing water is a common breeding ground for mosquitoes, they can also breed in other water sources, such as tree holes, gutters, and even small puddles.
Myth: Mosquitoes transmit HIV.
FACT: Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV. The virus cannot survive and replicate inside a mosquito's body, making it impossible for them to transmit the disease.
Myth: All mosquitoes transmit diseases.
FACT: While some mosquito species can transmit diseases like JEV, MVE, and RRV, not all mosquitoes are disease carriers. In fact, only a small percentage of mosquito species pose a significant threat to human health.
Myth: Bug zappers effectively control mosquito populations.
FACT: Bug zappers may kill some mosquitoes, but they are more effective at attracting and killing other harmless insects. Mosquitoes are less drawn to UV light compared to other flying insects.
Myth: Mosquitoes are strong flyers.
FACT: Mosquitoes are weak fliers and can easily be affected by even a light breeze. They are more likely to bite in calm weather conditions.
Myth: Citronella candles repel all mosquitoes.
FACT: Citronella candles can be somewhat effective in repelling certain mosquito species for a short distance, but they are not a foolproof solution and may not work against all types of mosquitos.