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If you are going to host a barbecue with your friends and family for Labor Day, you will want to take steps to provide the best possible experience. Preparing great food and planning fun games will get you started in the right direction, but you will also want to keep mosquitoes away from your yard during the event. Although people often accept mosquitoes as a part of life that they can’t avoid, you can try many things to get the problem under control, and your guests will be pleased. Keeping these pests away from your Labor Day celebration will make the...
Mosquitoes are some of the most dangerous creatures on earth. All over the world, they transmit serious diseases like those described below. Malaria According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 212 million cases of malaria worldwide in 2015. Close to 430,000 people, most of them children in Asia and Africa, died from the illness. Malaria is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito, and it affects red blood cells. Complications include high fever, chills and other flu-like symptoms. The CDC reported 1,500 cases of malaria in the U.S. in 2015. Most patients were bitten and infected while traveling in...
Homeowners in Atlanta often have the impression that mosquitoes are everywhere and that little can be done to reduce their population levels. The reality, however, is that mosquito problems can be stamped out if the breeding grounds that the mosquitoes use to reproduce are eliminated. The life expectancy of most mosquitoes is less than a month. Moreover, mosquitoes continue to prefer staying near wet environments once they reach adulthood. It is rare to find mosquitoes venturing far from their initial breeding grounds, so homeowners can keep most mosquitoes away by improving drainage and installing deterrents. Top Breeding Grounds The most common...
Why is it that some people attract mosquitoes more than others? There are numerous factors involved, ranging from our scent to the amount of heat we produce to the color of our clothing. Sometimes, though, we can be targeted more because of our blood type. Popular Blood Types Out of the four blood types (O, A, B, and AB), those with Type O blood are the most appealing to mosquitoes, followed by Type B and Type A. In fact, Type O blood is targeted more than twice as much as Type A. Why Type O, though? Since different blood types secrete...
Zika panic has swept the globe, and for good reason. Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in unborn babies – and it happens to be spreading like wildfire. The World Health Organization has declared Zika a public health emergency. Here are a few things you need to know in order to meet this epidemic head-on. A Few Zika Facts The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a very aggressive type of mosquito that lives in 34 countries and territories across the world. The World Health Organization estimates that 3 to 4 million people across...