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Five W’s and an H About Mosquitoes

November 28, 2016


aedes mosquito biting skin

What?

What are the most threatening species of mosquito?

Currently, in South Florida, the most threatening species of mosquito are the Aedes mosquitoes because they are responsible for carrying and spreading the Zika virus.

What are the risks of mosquito bites?

Mosquitoes bites put you at risk of becoming infected by one or more of the diseases that the mosquito could have been carrying at the time of the bite.  Other than the recently infamous Zika virus, mosquitoes are known for spreading many awful diseases including the West Nile Virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria, etc.

Where?

Where are the threatening Aedes mosquitoes most commonly found? 

Most mosquitoes prefer tropical regions because they are able to thrive in the warm, humid climates. The threatening Aedes mosquitoes are most commonly the found in tropic regions such as South Florida.

Where are, mosquito breeding grounds most likely to form? 

Mosquito breeding grounds are most likely to form in pools of standing water. 

When?

When are mosquitoes most active? 

In general, mosquitoes are most active during dusk and dawn when they feed, which means that they are biting people more often around those times of the day. However, if you are concerned about Zika, then you should know that the Aedes species of mosquitoes, unlike most others of their kind, tend to be active daytime biters.

Who?

Who is most threatened by mosquitoes?

Right now pregnant woman are most threatened by mosquitoes because mosquitoes are responsible for spreading the Zika virus, which has been associated with birth defects when transmitted to pregnant women. Since the Zika virus is relatively new, we still do not have a medical treatment for it, and the only way to protect oneself is to prevent mosquito bites.

Why?

Why do mosquitoes become more problematic after a storm?

We know that mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid places, so when a tropical storm hits and brings with it increased levels of moisture and humidity, it creates the optimal climate for mosquitoes, leading to an increase in their numbers.  In addition, storms leave behind numerous pools of standing water that will provide multiple mosquito breeding grounds, leading to even more growth in the mosquito population. 

How?

How can you help control the mosquito population in your neighborhood?

You can help with population control for mosquitoes by reducing potential mosquito breeding grounds that may form in pools of standing water: dump out any small pools you find around your home and treat the larger pools with larvicide.

How can you help prevent mosquito bites?

Prevent mosquito bites by using insect repellent, such as Moskito Care with Picaridin, by covering your skin with long-sleeved shirts or jeans, and by staying inside places with air-conditioning and screens

If you feel the need to grab some insect repellent after reading this post, we here at Nozzle Nolen recommend the insect repellent Moskito Care. If you are interested in purchasing Moskito Care or if you have any questions about mosquitoes, please call one of our Nozzle Nolen representatives at (888) 685-0376.

Sources

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Hauser, Annie. "What Makes Mosquitoes Bite You? 8 Myths and Facts." The Weather Channel. The Weather Channel, LLC, 5 July 2016. Web. https://weather.com/health/news/what-makes-mosquitoes-bite-you-pest-myths-and-facts-20140818

Heubeck, Elizabeth, and Louise Chang, MD. "Mosquito Magnets: Who/What Attracts Mosquitoes?" WebMD. WebMD, 2016. Web. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/are-you-mosquito-magnet

Heussner, Ki Mae. "Mosquito Mythbusting: Will the Real Repellents Please Stand Up?" ABC News, 5 May 2010. Web. http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/mosquito-mythbusting-real-repellents-stand/story?id=10543307

"Mosquito Myths - Mosquito World." Mosquito World. 2016. Web. http://www.mosquitoworld.net/mosquito-myths/

 




 

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