Mosquitoes: Tiny Insect Troublemakers
Look out for these public enemies—mosquitoes—as they are after blood! Mosquito females need a meal of blood before they can lay their eggs. They target humans and animals and zoom in for a feast. But these insects may do more harm than causing itchy welts. Mosquitoes can also pass along a number of serious and deadly diseases to those they bite. Humans have developed a number of ways to get rid of mosquitoes, from spreading chemicals to putting mosquito larvae-eating fish in ponds. Yet mosquitoes are also a food source for many animals. Without these pests, birds, bats, and other animals in the food chain might be affected. In this exciting book, you can learn what makes mosquitoes similar to and different from other insects. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about mosquitoes’ bodies, both inside and out. And you can perform activities that help you understand how mosquitoes feed and what you can do to keep them away. Learn more about this exciting member of nature’s fascinating Insect World!
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