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MYTH: Mosquitoes Can Only Fly 10 ft from the ground.

Posted in Bullshit, Debunking Myths, Myths, Skeptic, Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 30, 2008 by freonirons409

I had a friend call me about this myth and I wasn’t really sure about it because I have never really heard it about it until recently. Without doing any research I would say that this is definitely a myth, but also has some merit. If you think about it, why would a mosquito really need to fly higher than ten feet? All it’s prey is usually on the ground running around, so venturing up any higher would actually be very dangerous, especially at night when bats are out hunting. Also, mosquitoes are very light weight, and winds tend to be stronger the higher up one gets, so there is another peril for the high flying mosquito. One must also ask one’s self what kind of mosquito is this myth attached to? There are over 2700 species of mosquito in almost every country in the world. Are they all limited to 10 feet? In the Amazon the trees cover practically everything and stand sometimes hundreds of feet in the air. Wouldn’t a mosquito need to get up there from time to time since that is where all the food hangs out?

But some simple research into the matter led me to this statement located at mosquito.org: “In general, mosquitoes that bite humans prefer to fly at heights of less than 25 ft. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes have been found breeding in treeholes over 40 feet above ground. In Singapore, they have been found in apartments 21 stories above ground. Mosquitoes have been found breeding up to 8,000 feet in the Himalayas and 2000 feet underground in mines in India.

And here’s a picture of a swarm of mosquitoes flying about a hundred feet above Lake Malawi in Chitimba, Malawi.

So there you go folks. Mosquitoes can fly as high as they damn well please, as long as something doesn’t kill them.

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