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All About Mosquitoes

posted 15 Oct 2010, 03:26 by Mpelembe   [ updated 15 Oct 2010, 03:27 ]

For people around the globe, mosquitoes are very annoying
creatures. However, mosquitoes are also part of the reason
why termite control and pest control companies can stay in
business. These little creatures cause trouble in all part
of the globe as they can carry many diseases, most of which
infect millions of global citizens each year. It is
important for people to know a little bit about mosquitoes
in order to prevent as many bites as possible from these
tiny nuisances.

Mosquitoes carry all types of diseases. The major one,
however, is malaria. Malaria, luckily for those in the
United States, is rarely found outside tropical regions that
are close to large bodies of water and the equator. Another
disease they carry is West Nile Virus, something that is
found in the United States. Mosquitoes become carriers of
this disease by biting an infected bird. The symptoms
usually include headaches, dizziness, fever, chills, and
muscles aches (similar to the flu) and many times go
unnoticed by the human who is infected. Dengue fever is
quickly become a global issue that may overtake malaria as
the main mosquito disease. Dengue fever produces similar
symptoms to malaria and West Nile Virus, but it can be fatal
to children. This disease is usually found in the tropics,
like coastal areas, African nations and South and Central
America and other places that are near water.

Mosquitoes are a problem during warm, humid weather. In the
United States, this means they are a problem mainly during
the late spring and throughout summer. It is important to
know how to protect yourself against these bugs, so that you
are able to enjoy time outside when it is warm. There are all
different types of mosquito repellent candles that work
really well if you want to sit outside when eating or having
guests over. These special candles are great if you plan to
be outside for a long period of time. Liquid mosquito spray
is better for people who will be outside for shorter periods
of time and perhaps during a camping trip when you will be in
the woods for long periods. Finally, if you are camping out
during summer, it may be wise to sleep with a mosquito net
around you. This is especially true for those camping in the
South, where it gets extremely humid during the summer and
where mosquitoes thrive.

Research is constantly being conducted to figure out why
some people are more prone to mosquito bites than others.
However, evidence is usually inconclusive. Some believe
mosquitoes prefer fair-skinned people to those who tan more
easily, which would lead people to think that it has
something to do with the amount of melanin in the skin.
Still, doctors and other medical professionals do not
exactly why mosquitoes bite some people more than others. It
is still important to try your best to prevent these insects
from biting you, since they are known to carry illnesses and
the bites cause your skin to be very itchy.

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