Crazy mosquito & fly facts

Posted on: November 19, 2021, in Blog

We really can’t decide…which is worse…mosquitos or flies? As summer is approaching, these buzzing, irritating, aviation horrors can most certainly make you go loco! We did a bit of investigating, to see if there are any redeeming qualities to these two summer pests.

Crazy mosquito facts

  • Mosquitos are extremely slow: Mosquitos can only fly at speeds between 1.5 and 2.5 kmph, but alas, is there anything harder to catch when you are trying to sleep?
  • They know how to slow dance: It has been discovered that before mating mosquitoes engaged in a sort of dance that involves beating their wings in a call-and-response type of manner.
  • Synchronised wing beats: When a male and female mosquito meet and decide to mate, their wing beats actually synchronize to the same speed. 

Crazy fly facts

  • They can walk upside down: This is due to each foot containing two fat foot pads (called pulvilli) which contain tiny hairs that produce a glue-like substance made of sugars and oils which provides them with excellent grip, perfect for scaling any surface.
  • They can be so BIG…and then sooo small: Gauromydas heros, with a length of up to 7 cm , is generally considered to be the largest fly in the world, while the smallest is Euryplatea nanaknihali, which at 0.4 mm is smaller than a grain of salt.
  • Zoooooooooommm: The horse-fly is the fastest flying insect, and has top speeds of around 145 km/h.

Most people don’t like either of them, even though they are fascinating creatures. No problem, Service Master can sort out your fly or mosquito problem in two wags of a lamb’s tail. Contact Us today for the best solution to get rid of these pesky critters!

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