A Guide to Mosquitoes and Mosquito Prevention
Mosquitoes come in a wide variety of species, and they can be found in every part of the United States. Mosquitoes are a nuisance because of the itching bites they leave. Additionally, they can also be dangerous. Given the prevalence of the diseases they spread, mosquitoes are among the world’s deadliest creatures. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that over a million people die annually from mosquito bites, with malaria being the major cause. In the late 1940s, the CDC played a key role in eradicating malaria as a serious public health issue in the United States. But it also says that every year, the United States sees about 1,500 imported cases of malaria, most of them from foreign visitors. In the United States, the three most alarming viral outbreaks are West Nile virus, dengue fever, and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
What does a mosquito look like?
Mosquitoes are 1/8-3/8″ long. Six legs and a proboscis. Their colors range from black to gray with white, green, or blue patterning. Small and busy from dawn to evening, mosquitoes are hard to see as they fly.
Do mosquitoes only feed on blood?
Female mosquitoes bite people. Fertile eggs need a blood meal. Most mosquitoes breed continuously, thus a female needs a blood meal every two days to hatch eggs. Both male and female mosquitoes depend on flowers for nectar as their major source of energy.
Are mosquitoes more attracted to some people over others?
Yes. Certain characteristics affect a person’s mosquito-attractiveness, according to studies. Some can be avoided, like dark clothing or scent. Unavoidable elements include blood type, body temperature, and skin microorganisms.
Where are mosquitoes found?
Some mosquito species are more prevalent in specific places. The Asian tiger mosquito is widespread in the South but has expanded to the Northeast in recent years. Unlike many mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquitoes feed during the day.
Mosquitoes lay eggs in water, thus they are frequent around marshes and lakes. They can spawn in as little as half an inch of standing water. This highlights the need of homeowners examining their property for items that could be gathering water and fostering mosquito growth.
Are mosquitoes dangerous?
Yes. Mosquito bites usually only cause an itching welt. Mosquitoes are disease carriers. Some mosquitoes can spread infections from an ill host to other hosts they bite.
Mosquitoes in the U.S. spread West Nile, EEE, and dengue illness. Yellow fever, malaria, and chikungunya are also distributed. These diseases have no cure. Each virus has caused fatalities in some situations.
Chikungunya has lately appeared in the Caribbean, raising U.S. concerns. Some Americans returning from affected areas have the illness. No locally transmitted chikungunya cases have been reported in the U.S., but health officials are keeping a careful eye on it. To avoid mosquito-borne diseases, avoid mosquito bites.
How can I prevent mosquitoes?
Most counties maintain a mosquito abatement program to protect the public. These activities trap and test mosquitoes for diseases. This helps track disease spread and warn of concerns. Adult mosquitoes may be sprayed or fogged periodically in county programs.
Remove standing water to prevent mosquitoes. After a rainstorm, empty tires, flowerpots, pool covers, and baby pools to prevent mosquito breeding. Change the water in bird baths often.
Avoiding being outside at dusk and dawn will lower your risk of a mosquito bite. Long sleeves, long pants, and insect repellent will keep insects away. Mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers, so a little fan may help.
When going outside the U.S., wear bug repellant and protective gear. In many foreign countries, mosquito-borne diseases are frequent.
Contact a registered pest professional if you are dealing with mosquitoes on your property. They can examine the situation and advise you on how to get rid of mosquitoes.
For more tips on how to keep mosquitoes out of your yard and prevent mosquito bites, check out our blog post “How To Keep Mosquitoes Out Of Yard? – 8 Tips To Prevent Mosquito Bites“. This article covers everything from standing water removal to using insect repellent.
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