Mosquitoes are common pests in all areas of the world. Keeping mosquitoes away from your family is important since these pests can transfer deadly viruses. Mosquitoes can also leave itchy bites that can make spending time outside uncomfortable. Avoiding some of the most common misunderstandings about mosquitoes will help you to keep your family safe and implement the right control methods to prevent severe mosquito infestations.
1. Viruses Spread by Mosquitoes Are Rare
One of the primary reasons why people choose to ignore mosquitoes is the mistaken belief that mosquitoes are unlikely to carry viruses. According to statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2,038 cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. in 2016. There were also thousands of U.S. cases of chikungunya virus, malaria, and several other mosquito-borne viruses. Since mosquito-borne viruses have a high mortality rate, you should take steps to protect your family with effective pest control.
2. Nobody Dies From Mosquitoes
The World Health Organization says that more than 1 million people die from mosquito bites each year. Most people who die from mosquito bites live in impoverished countries that do not have adequate medical care, but the potential for mosquitoes to cause harm exists in all parts of the world. West Nile virus, for instance, killed 146 people in the U.S. in 2015. Mosquito-borne viruses can also cause birth defects and other long-term complications.
3. Mosquitoes Only Hunt at Night
Mosquitoes will bite at any time of the day if they can find a host. You should remember that mosquitoes are always on the hunt for food, and they will bite if you get too close to their breeding grounds. Although mosquitoes rest during the day, they will try to feed on any nearby mammal at all hours of the day.
4. Mosquitoes Can Lay Their Eggs Anywhere
If you spend time outside during the summer, you will find mosquitoes anywhere you go. You can spot mosquitoes in parking lots, on beaches, and even in your own backyard. Although mosquitoes spread out across a wide area in search of food, they only lay their eggs in standing water found in low-lying areas. You can, therefore, keep most mosquitoes away from your property by eliminating sources of standing water.
5. The Zika Virus Is Over
The Zika virus created panic when it first spread in 2015. The CDC issued warnings that made the Zika virus look like a pandemic, and local governments responded by spraying for mosquitoes in almost every community. Although the spread of the Zika virus was contained within reasonable limits, people in the U.S. still contract the virus every day. The Zika virus can cause serious complications for people who become infected, so you should remain vigilant to keep mosquitoes off your property.
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