Are you sure it's a mosquito? Some insects that look like mosquitoes don't bite at all. Learn to tell the difference between mosquitoes, midges, and crane flies.
Most people don't like mosquitoes, given their rather annoying habit of inflicting painful bites that turn into itchy, red welts. Mosquitoes also transmit serious and sometimes deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile virus. Pets, too, are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, like heartworm.
And yet, despite the fact that nearly every person on the planet has up close and personal experience with mosquitoes, many people can't tell the difference between mosquitoes and their other, harmless cousins. Just because it looks like a mosquito doesn't mean it is.
Let's take a look at the differences between mosquitoes and two insects commonly mistaken for mosquitoes – midges and crane flies. All three of these insects belong to the same insect order, Diptera, also known as the true flies.