Deadliest Animal in the World

Mosquito Deaths

Mosquito Authority focuses on taking care of you and your family at your home. We try to educate the public on the potential dangers of mosquito-borne diseases, and suggest ways to rid your outdoor living space of the pests. Mosquitoes transmit diseases to humans, pets, livestock, and wildlife throughout the United States.

In the US, we don’t often talk about the world-wide impact of mosquitoes. Bill Gates proclaimed mosquitoes to be the deadliest animals in the world. “We should keep in mind that the overwhelming toll of mosquito-related illness and death comes from malaria,” he wrote in a blog post in 2016.

Fortunately, the mosquito which carries malaria was eradicated from the US decades ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “the mosquitoes that spread malaria are found in Africa, Central and South America, parts of the Caribbean, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the South Pacific. Travelers going to these countries may get bit by mosquitoes and get infected.

About 2,000 cases of malaria are diagnosed in the United States annually, mostly among returned travelers.”

There are many organizations and foundations working toward tools to prevent malaria transmission as well as develop a malaria vaccine. Until malaria is conquered, the mosquito will remain the deadliest animal in the world.

Sources: 

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Mapping-the-End-of-Malaria

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/malaria

Mosquito Facts

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Here are some fun (and not-so-fun) facts about mosquitoes from the American Mosquito Control Association.

  • Mosquitoes are known from as far back as the Triassic Period – 400 million years ago.
  • They are known from North America from the Cretaceous – 100 million years ago.
  • There are about 2,700 species of mosquito. There are 176 species in the United States.
  • The average mosquito weighs about 2.5 milligrams.
  • The average mosquito takes in about 5-millionths of a liter of blood during feeding.
  • Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid, among other chemicals) at distances of 25 to 35 meters.
  • Mosquitoes fly an estimated 1 to 1.5 miles per hour.
  • Salt marsh mosquitoes can migrate up to 40 miles for a meal.
  • Bigger people are often more attractive to mosquitoes because they are larger targets and they produce more mosquito attractants, namely CO2 and lactic acid.
  • Active or fidgety people also produce more CO2 and lactic acid.
  • Smelly feet are attractive to certain species of mosquitoes – as is Limburger Cheese.
  • Dark clothing has been shown to attract some species of mosquitoes more than lighter colored clothing.
  • Movement increased mosquito biting up to 50% in some research tests.
  • A full moon increased mosquito activity 500% in one study

Sources: 

https://www.mosquito.org/page/funfacts

Why We Need Mosquito Control

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Why We Need Mosquito Control

You’ve researched tips and tricks for keeping mosquitoes out of your yard: shrubs to plant, candles to light, sprays to douse yourself in. Those methods may work temporarily, but they will not do anything to reduce the overall mosquito population.

Repellent Versus Elimination

Using spray repellents and other methods to keep a small part of your yard free of mosquitoes are undeniably effective in keeping you comfortable. You will continue to have an abundance of mosquitoes, however, if you don’t work to solve the root of the problem.

Integrated Mosquito Management uses a variety of approaches to control the mosquito population. Combining protocols to eliminate adult mosquitoes with processes which address mosquito eggs and larvae will essentially break the life cycle of the mosquito and control its population.

A Mosquito Authority trained Specialist will walk through your property to seek out areas of standing/stagnant water where mosquitoes lay their eggs. They’ll dump out the water where feasible or use other methods for eliminating eggs and larvae from the area. Our Specialist will also treat the non-blooming foliage and shrubs with a protocol to eliminate adult mosquitoes. This process is repeated every 21 days, as that is the length of the life cycle of the mosquito.

Fewer Mosquitoes Means Less Illness

Eliminating or drastically reducing the population helps minimize the risk of being bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis, two of the more common mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States.

Resources from the American Mosquito Control Association include descriptions of mosquito-borne diseases, a video testimonial from WNV survivors, and view of what the world would look like without mosquito control. 

Sources: 

Links to websites

https://www.mosquito.org/page/nomosquitocontrol

https://www.mosquito.org/page/mosquitocontrol

https://www.mosquito.org/page/control

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

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National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) designated June 21 – 27, 2020 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.

Of course, we’re all aware of mosquitoes! They are pesky and annoying and sometimes prevent us from enjoying a fun time outdoors. So what’s the purpose of the designation of this week? Education. The AMCA educates the public about the dangers of mosquitoes – not only to humans but to domesticated animals and wildlife – and presents ideas on how to prevent infection and eliminate mosquitoes.

Who is the American Mosquito Control Association?

“The AMCA is an international not-for-profit public service association. With 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA services are provided mainly to public agencies and their principal staff members engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research, and related activities. The membership extends to 53 countries and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research, and related activities.

Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. Their bites can spread diseases such as Zika and West Nile Virus. ‘We already have the mosquitoes. We are continually importing the diseases they carry,” said Joseph Conlon, AMCA Technical Advisor. “We must be prepared to prevent their spread throughout our public health landscape – and this requires safe, effective, sustained mosquito control and awareness in the community.’” 1

What Is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

This week is for educating the public about the dangers of mosquitoes and how to prevent them. Of course, at Mosquito Authority, we recommend professional mosquito control as the best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard. We are in the business of turning yards into usable outdoor living spaces, and our mission is to keep you and your family comfortable and safe.

But what about when you’re not in your own yard? How do you stay safe from mosquito bites when you’re on a hike or at a park or camping? It is highly recommended that you wear an EPA-registered insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, as those are the most effective ingredients. Make sure your clothing is light-colored and loose fitting to prevent mosquitoes from biting through your clothes.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are the two most common mosquito-borne diseases that are found in the US each year. Signs and symptoms can be found on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, as well as maps indicating numbers of cases by state. Click here for WNV data, and here for EEE data.  

Footnote 1: From press release “About the American Mosquito Control Association”

Sources: 

https://www.mosquito.org/page/about

https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/

https://www.cdc.gov/EasternEquineEncephalitis/