Close Up: Mosquitoes Use Six Needles To Suck Your Blood

Watch the fascinating, and rather gross, process of mosquitos feasting on people. Can you count the needles they use?

In the animal kingdom, the mosquito is the deadliest of them all. Not only are they predatory, living on the blood of vertebrates, but they also spread diseases that affect those with low immune systems.

Mosquitos use six different needles when feeding on people. Only the females bite us, as they need the blood to produce their eggs. The females will lay those eggs in stagnant pools of water, so if you have any standing water around your home, it’s a good idea to clear that up, even if it’s just one cup in the trash. Preventing mosquitos hatching will also protect your family from the diseases they carry.