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Mosquito Quiz

Which mosquitoes bite humans?

  • Males
  • Females
  • Both

Which mosquitoes sip nectar from flowers?

  1. Males
  2. Females
  3. Both

What attracts mosquitoes to people?

  1. Colors
  2. Heat
  3. Smells
  4. Sonar
  5. a,b, and c

Which of these diseases are transmitted to people by mosquitoes?

  1. West Nile Virus
  2. Dengue
  3. Influenza
  4. a and b
  5. a,b, and c

The itchy red bumps from mosquito bites are caused by

  1. The mosquito’s sharp mouth parts
  2. Tiny hairs on the mosquito’s antennae
  3. An allergic reaction to the mosquito’s saliva
  4. Allergic reaction to pollen carried on the mosquito’s legs
  5. Poison ivy

Mosquitoes are found in every continent except Antarctica.

  1. True
  2. False

What disease is the Anopheles genus of mosquito most well known for transmitting?

  1. Dengue
  2. West Nile
  3. Lyme Disease
  4. Malaria

What are NIAID researchers now studying help stop mosquito-borne diseases?

  1. Disrupting mosquitoes’ odor receptors—if they can’t detect human scent, they can’t find us!
  2. Counting how many mosquitoes can be slapped with a fly swatter in one minute.
  3. Spraying mosquitoes with a genetically modified fungus to kill the parasite that causes malaria without harming the mosquito.
  4. Blocking parasite infection in the mosquito with a type of bacteria.
  5. a, c, and d

Which of the following precautions can you take to reduce the risk of acquiring mosquito-borne diseases?A female Aedes albopictus probing to blood feed. Credit: Dr. Woodbridge Foster, The Ohio State University.

  1. Draining all standing water in flower pots, containers, birdbaths, etc., so mosquitoes cannot lay eggs
  2. Using mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
  3. Dressing in protective clothing—light-colored, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and shoes
  4. Taking extra precautions during peak mosquito biting hours in the evening and early morning
  5. All of the Above

Question: Lyme disease is carried by which type of mosquito?

  1. “tiger” mosquito Aedes albopictus
  2. Aedes aegypti
  3. Anopheles
  4. none of the above
  5. all of the above

Last Updated February 03, 2012

Last Reviewed August 11, 2011