Why Are Mosquitoes Considered The Most Dangerous Insects?
July 13, 2018
Do you know why the mosquito has been named the world’s most dangerous animal? It’s not the itchy bite that makes them dangerous—it’s the viruses and diseases that they carry and transmit.
In recent news, the most dangerous animal in the world strikes again. The Keystone virus was found in a teenage boy in Gainesville this week, transmitted by a mosquito bite. Symptoms of the virus include rashes and fevers. This particular instance represents the very first time the Keystone virus has been found in a human, even though it has been suspect for years. The keystone virus is included in the California serogroup of viruses. According to the UF Public Health and Health Professions professor, John Lednicky, this group of viruses can cause encephalitis. When the Gainesville boy first showed symptoms of a rash and fever, samples were taken with a concern for the Zika virus and other mosquito-transmitted viruses. Lednicky also stated, “All sorts of viruses are being transmitted by mosquitoes, yet we don’t fully understand the rate of disease transmission.”
Mosquito-borne diseases are not something to take lightly. It’s important that you protect yourself and your family, because you never know what could happen with one mosquito bite. With all other dangers in this world, one must always take the proper precautions. It’s important to remember the following tips when protecting yourself against this deadly creature.
- Remove any standing water around your home. Empty pots, small pools, birdbaths, and anything else that is holding water.
- Make sure all gutters are working properly. If clogged, they can collect buildup and hold water.
- Use bug spray that contains DEET.
Of course, many of these tips can help reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illness, but the most successful prevention is using a mosquito control program. At Nozzle Nolen, our Mosquito Abatement Program eliminates the breeding sites and day-time resting areas targeted by these disease-carrying species, while creating a barrier around your home, significantly reducing the mosquito population. For your free inspection and to start your mosquito program, contact us today!
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