How many teeth do mosquitoes have?

how many teeth do mosquitoes have?

As the state of North Carolina warms up after a cold winter, many insects begin to emerge. One of the most despised insects in North Carolina is the mosquito. Mosquitoes are not only annoying but can spread diseases. While most of us have been bitten by mosquitoes many times during the course of our lives, not many people are aware of how mosquito bites work. In all honesty it is a little disgusting. One of the most common questions that our professionals are asked about mosquitoes is “how many teeth do mosquitoes have?” 


Picturing a mosquito with human teeth can seem a bit strange but mosquitoes do have their own version of teeth. When these teeth are used to bite a human it can be very annoying and itchy. If you are having problems with mosquitoes or want to ensure that your home and yard is protected against swarms of mosquitoes, the friendly professionals here at Clegg’s Pest Control will be more than happy to help you. Our team of mosquito management specialists will ensure that your yard is mosquito free all season long. Give us a call or fill out the online contact form on this page to request your free initial visit. 


Continue reading below to learn more about mosquito teeth and how they work.

Do mosquitoes have teeth? 

While mosquitoes may not have teeth like a human, they do have structures that function in a very similar way to our teeth. Mosquitoes, like other insects, have a jaw structure known as mandibles that serve as their teeth. The mandibles of most insects connect directly to their head. With mosquitoes, their mandibles are attached to an elongated structure known as proboscis. The proboscis consists of multiple different parts including two mandibles that hold the tissue apart so that the labrum can go beneath the skin and seek out blood vessels to extract blood. 

How many teeth do mosquitoes have?

The mandibles and maxillae of a mosquito act in a similar function to teeth. They may not technically be teeth, but they do the same job. A mosquito’s maxillae saw through the skin in order to allow the labrum to enter the skin. Mosquito mandibles help separate tissue after it has been pierced by the maxillae so that blood can be removed. All of this happens in the tiny mouth structure that is attached to a mosquito’s head. While it is pretty amazing how this all happens, it is extremely annoying. Nobody likes getting bit by mosquitoes. 

Outdoor mosquito management service in North Carolina 

If you have been bit by mosquitoes one too many times, or want to ensure that you and your family do not get bit at your home this summer, contact Clegg’s Pest Control. We will be more than happy to treat your yard and kill any mosquitoes that are currently living in your yard, and prevent more mosquitoes from coming. Give us a call or fill out the online contact form below to schedule outdoor mosquito management service for your home. We look forward to helping you enjoy a mosquito free summer!

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