I realize that mosquito season has come and gone in most areas of the United States. I'm still going to talk about mosquitoes. Ever since man came in contact with wet places, he has been plagued with mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are not the only biting insect in the world. In the United States, they get the most press. These little biters pass several life threatening diseases to humans and animals. Illnesses such as yellow fever, malaria, Dengue Fever, and West Nile virus. Mosquitoes transmit illnesses to some 700 million people annually across the world. They can also pass a worm to humans, which causes elephantiasis. In dogs, they help to spread the parasite, heart worm. Keep in mind, that only the female mosquito does the vile act of drinking blood and spreading disease. Along with any disease organisms that may be in the bite, mosquitoes also inject an anti-coagulant. Mosquitoes need to drink blood in order to lay eggs. Blood provides much needed proteins for the females. One species of mosquitoes in warm weather can complete it's life cycle in 14 days. The male goes about his day drinking nectar from flowers. There are more than 2,000 species of mosquitoes world wide. They live everywhere from the tropics to the arctic. Male mosquitoes use their antennae to sense the vibration made by female mosquitoes in flight. The mosquito larva are omnivores. They feed on plant and animal matter in the water.