What would you guess is the deadliest animal in the world? Some that come to mind include shark, lion, or even snakes. The truth is the deadliest animal to humans is actually one of the smallest, the mosquito! They carry devastating diseases. The worst is malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people every year; another 200 million cases incapacitate people for days at a time. It threatens half of the world’s population and causes billions of dollars in lost productivity annually. Other mosquito-borne diseases include dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Minnesota mosquitoes today can carry 6 different diseases. One of the most talked about mosquito-borne diseases is the Zika Virus.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Zika virus disease is a mosquito –borne viral infection that primarily occurs in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Researchers are working on a vaccine. For now the best prevention is to prevent mosquito bites and reduce mosquito habitats.
The CDC also has a lot of valuable information on mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. You can get the facts here:
A CBS article from last summer highlights Do’s and Don’ts for mosquito control. A couple Don’ts on the list include mosquito repellant clothing and citronella candels!
To help reduce the worry of mosquitoes call Mosquito Shield to help protect your yard!!