- The average mosquito is about 3 to 6 millimeters long

- The mosquito's wings move 1,000 times per second- There are roughly 2,700 species of mosquitoes in the world today.

- Mosquitoes are found at many different altitudes, from sea level to 10,800 feet.

- Mosquitoes fly at an estimated velocity of 1 - 1.5 miles per hour. Some mosquitoes (salt marsh mosquitoes) can migrate as far as 75-100 miles.

- Mosquitoes live for roughly 15-65 days.

- A mosquito can detect a host from up to 25-30 meters.

- Mosquitoes locate their prey (i.e. YOU) by vision and by detecting infrared radiation, carbon dioxide, and lactic acid emitted by hosts.

- Mosquito saliva contains anti-coagulants to prevent the host's blood from clotting. These foreign proteins cause the allergic reaction associated with mosquito bites.

- Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others (no one knows why, sorry!).

- Male mosquitoes never suck blood. Females feed on blood only to obtain protein for egg prduction.

- Males and non-reproductive females feed on plant nectar. Mosquito eggs can remain dormant for over a year and will hatch if flooded with water.

- More than 50 species of mosquito are known to be resistant to at least one insecticide.

- The average "serving" of blood taken by a mosquito (Aedes aegypti) is around 5 millionths of a liter, or 5 microliters.

SOURCE: McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada