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Mosquitoes are certainly not the most endearing creatures. They can bite, carry disease, and their incessant buzzing is enough to annoy even the most patient of people. Despite their numerous shortcomings, mosquitoes are quite fascinating. The following are a few mosquito facts that we find particularly interesting. Fact #1 Mosquitoes are deadlier than sharks. Various species of mosquitoes carry diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis, and dengue fever, which claim more lives than attacks by any other type of insect or animal. Fact #2 All mosquito bites are caused by reproducing females. This is because the female requires the protein found in...
It's unfortunate that summer cookouts are synonymous with pesky mosquitoes. You should be able to spend quality time in your backyard without worrying about these insects biting you, and that's why it's important that you go on the offensive. The following control measures will stop mosquitoes from interrupting your summer cookouts. More importantly, they will help you to reclaim your outdoor space once and for all. Eliminate Visible Sources of Standing Water Standing water is perhaps the biggest attractant because mosquitoes rely on it when they are breeding; they lay their eggs in the water. Keep in mind that it only...
Mosquitoes are a prime example of the idea that it’s the small things that really break us. With their stinging, itching bites, these pests can easily ruin social gatherings. They’re also a critical vector in transmitting mosquito-borne viruses, bacteria and protozoa that can make people, pets and other creatures sick. However, the more researchers learn about mosquitoes, the better able they will be to protect all of us from their bite. Here are five examples of misinformation and some scientific facts to set them straight. Myth 1. Mosquitoes feed solely on blood. Like many other flying insects, both male and female...
In 2017, the CDC’s national monitoring system reported 427 cases of symptomatic Zika virus within the United States: Exactly 416 cases were the result of travelers returning from a Zika-affected area. Four cases were attributable to local mosquito-borne transmissions in Florida. Seven cases were attributable to other sources like sexual contact. In the U.S. Territories—American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—653 Zika cases were reported, with all but one attributable to local mosquito-borne transmission. The statistics are sobering, so what does that mean for Southern states like Georgia in 2018? Understanding Zika Virus Researchers...
While the CDC has been clear about what kinds of mosquito repellents work the best, myths about the product continue to circulate. According to the agency, chemical repellents that include DEET are the most effective way to repel the bugs. But, for a DEET repelling product to be effective, it must be used properly, and this means reapplying it regularly depending on how long you’re outside and at risk of being bit by a mosquito. Many people still believe the following three myths. If you’re using one of them, it’s time to embrace a chemical product for the safety of you...