Found almost anywhere in the world, there are approximately 3,450 species and subspecies of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed in aquatic environments, such as ponds, swamps, rice fields and man-made containers.

Mosquitoes are notorious as blood-suckers, feeding on both human and animal blood, though it is only the females that feed on blood. Adult mosquitoes are active and feed at night, hunting for food (blood) by detecting body heat and carbon dioxide.