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

American Heartworm Society

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Most pet owners know that heartworm is a real danger, but did you know that mosquitoes are the sole vector of heartworm? Regular preventative treatments for dogs and cats are highly recommended by vets, even if your pets don’t regularly spend time outside. Mosquito Authority can eliminate mosquitoes from your yard, which can be just one step for you to take to keep your pets safe. 

For information and updates about heartworm, we recommend checking out the American Heartworm Society (AHS) website. The AHS was established in 1974 to educate the public and veterinary professionals about the dangers of heartworm disease. Their website contains great resources for pet owners including “incidence maps” to see the data on heartworm occurrences in your region.