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MOSQUITOS

  • Few animals on Earth evoke the antipathy that mosquitoes do. Their itchy, irritating bites and nearly ubiquitous presence can ruin a backyard barbecue or a hike in the woods.
  • They have an uncanny ability to sense our murderous intentions, taking flight and disappearing milliseconds before a fatal swat. And in our bedrooms, the persistent, whiny hum of their buzzing wings can wake the soundest of sleepers.
  • Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes are carriers, or vectors, for some of humanity‚Äôs most deadly illnesses, and they are public enemy number one in the fight against global infectious disease.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases cause millions of deaths worldwide every year with a disproportionate effect on children and the elderly in developing countries.
  • Best known as a summer pest, Mosquitoes can develop from egg to adult in 10 to 14 days.
  • We usually say, "I have been bitten by a mosquito", but this is not completely true. Mosquitoes do not bite.
  • Female mosquitoes feed on plant nectar and blood. They need the protein to reproduce. To get to the blood, they pierce our skin with their "proboscis" and suck our blood.
  • Male mosquitoes feed exclusively on plant nectars. Mosquitoes are busiest at night and will fly up to 14 miles for a blood meal.
  • They hunt for food by detecting body heat and Carbon Dioxide, the gas we breathe out.
  • Mosquitoes breed in soft, moist soil or stagnant water sources such as storm drains, old tires, children's wading pools and birdbaths.
  • Mosquitoes spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, malaria and dengue fever.

Prevention

  • Replace all stagnant water at least once a week put a small amount of chrolrine in the water
  • Remove trash from around any standing water.
  • When sleeping outdoors or in areas where mosquito populations are heavy, surround your bed with "mosquito" netting.
  • Screen windows, doors and other openings with fine mesh.
  • Avoid going outdoors at night.

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