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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...
When a single mosquito bite has the potential to expose your family to daunting diseases like Zika and West Nile, it's time to get serious about protecting yourself and those you love from these buzzing, flying health hazards. How do you choose the right mosquito repellent for your family? Read the Ingredients The list of substances that people say keep mosquitoes away is pretty lengthy. The list of things that experts agree will repel mosquitoes is far shorter. Why waste your time, money and effort on a product that might not keep your family safe? When shopping for a mosquito repellent,...
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People often complain about mosquito infestations, but they don't really think about where these insects are coming from. They show up beginning in the early spring because of Atlanta's hot and humid weather. As summer sets in, mosquitoes triple and quadruple in number until they diminish in late fall. If you want to stop mosquitoes before they invade your yard, start looking in a few inconspicuous places. 3 Places Where You Can Find Mosquitoes Pet Bowls Pet bowls make great breeding spots for mosquitoes. The females lay their eggs in water dishes and fly away to continue their lifecycle. Meanwhile, the...
As far as pests are concerned, mosquitoes continually rank as one of the top offenders that people have to deal with. As the weather gets warmer, these tiny bloodsuckers begin to show up in and around homes across the country. However, their numbers begin to significantly decrease as the cooler weather of Fall approaches. Have you ever wondered where they go in the winter? Here we will discuss the life cycle of the mosquito in a little more detail.  Stages of Mosquito Development & Reproduction Mosquitoes are some of the most resilient creatures on the planet and can survive in a...