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Know Thy Enemy: Mosquitoes

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Jessica
08.12.12

They may be small and easy to squash, but a mosquito’s bite is much worse than its bark. Yes, they’re irritating and can ruin your barbeque, but they can also be dangerous! In fact, mosquitoes can carry a number of deadly diseases like West Nile, malaria, dengue fever and yellow fever. They also carry heartworm, which can be lethal to your dog.

The most effective and easiest way to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home is to eliminate any standing water – mosquitoes love to breed in it! Check your yard to make sure there is no standing water in flowerpots, or any other garden containers. If you’re out in nature on a hike and can’t control the standing water, protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing light clothing. For more mosquito prevention tips, read: Pest Control: Mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are annoying, but also pretty fascinating! Learn more about them:

  • Only female mosquitoes sting humans because they need the protein to produce their eggs.
     
  • Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other living creature.
     
  • Gentlemen prefer blondes, and so do mosquitoes! They’re more attracted to blonde hair than dark hair.
     
  • Mosquitoes can only fly between 1 and 1.5 miles per hour. Compared to other insects, they’re total slowpokes! In a race between butterflies, locusts, honey bees and mosquitoes, the skeeters wouldn’t even win the bronze.
     
  • Mosquitoes have poor eyesight, and track humans by sniffing out their carbon monoxide output. They can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
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