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Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in Your Ear?

Aug 10, 2022

Debunking The Buzz

There may not be a more annoying sound than the buzz of a mosquito in your ear on a warm, relaxing summer's night. For many outdoor lovers, the buzz and tickle of a mosquito during the evenings is just another staple of summer.

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and heat. Naturally, when you breathe you are attracting mosquitoes from up to 54 yards away. There are certain people who release more carbon dioxide than others. For instance, larger individuals are likely to produce more heat than smaller individuals. Pregnant women also exhale 20% more carbon dioxide than non-pregnant people. Also, exercising tends to attract more mosquito activity, as you are breathing heavier and more often, thus releasing more Co2 and putting mosquitoes on high alert. 

Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz?

The classic buzzing noise flying around you is made by the flapping motion of the mosquitos’ wings. It is said that their wings can beat up to 1,000 times a second. It is believed that mosquitoes can change the tone of their buzzing as they increase or decrease the frequency of flapping. 

Both female and male mosquitoes produce the famous whine of a mosquito. However, females tend to create a higher-pitched sound than males. While you could, in theory, hear the buzz of a male mosquito, most people never do. The males feed off nectar and plants and have a tendency to leave us alone, whereas female mosquitoes feed on human blood so that they can reproduce and aid in the mosquito life cycle.


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