It’s unfortunate, but mosquitoes aren’t only an annoying pest, they also spread many dreaded and deadly diseases as well. For this reason alone they are frequently listed as one of the most dangerous pests on Earth.
You may be surprised to learn this, however, despite the fact that they aren’t large intimidating predators, mosquitoes remain alongside the world’s deadliest creatures for their resistance to extremes in temperature and their innate ability to spread disease. Here are 6 reasons (which have been scientifically proven) why mosquitoes are a very serious problem.
Mosquitoes spread a range of dangerous and deadly diseases
Mosquitoes carry a wide range of communicable illnesses caused by bacteria, parasites, fungus, and viruses.
Mosquito-borne illnesses include West Nile virus, yellow fever, elephantiasis, Zika virus, dengue fever and malaria- however, they can carry practically any communicable disease that is small enough to be passed through their needle-sized proboscis.
Mosquitoes are extremely mobile
These miniscule pests can travel without any regard for national barriers, borders, and geographic locations.
Mosquitoes have an ability to migrate if they don’t find enough food sources, and they also have the ability to breed almost as rapidly as they move.
Mosquitoes broaden the range of a parasite or virus
Many infectious viruses and parasites use their host as a conduit for finding their next victims, however, no animal offers better exposure to diseases than the mosquito.
With their combined abilities of durability, low-visibility and flight, mosquitoes are similar to a high-speed railway transit system that is carrying disease.
Mosquitoes play favorites
Because these pests have been shown to select their prey primarily by scent, some people are deemed more attractive targets to mosquitoes than others.
This may be seen as good news for those who mosquitoes are less attracted to- but for those who live in areas known for rampant infectious disease- being a favorite among mosquitoes puts a person at an extreme risk for contracting all the deadly diseases mosquitoes can carry.
Mosquitoes are mostly a threat to children
Unfortunately, children are frequently seen as the preferred targets for mosquitoes.
Presumably, this is due to a child’s lower level of toxicity and lesser body odor, which makes them substantially more attractive to mosquitoes. Sadly, this also means children are more at risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases than adults.
Mosquitoes are extremely difficult to get rid of
Capable of living virtually anywhere humans can, mosquitoes only require a small amount of water to be able to breed and they can even live dormant for long periods of time in cold weather.
Mosquitoes are also able to spawn very rapidly and are surprisingly resilient to extremes temperatures. If you need reliable Atlanta mosquito control, contact us at Mr. Mister or view our website to see our innovative and effective methods for at-home mosquito control.
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