Recently, on August 20, World Mosquito Day was recognized around the globe. It’s a day of commemoration and awareness. The day was established in 1897 because that is when a British media researcher, Sir Donald Ross, discovered that mosquitos were the link to transmitting malaria. Sir Ross received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for this work in 1902. Because of Sir Ross’ research, we now have a better awareness of how mosquitos transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and Zika.
In recognition of Sir Ross’ discoveries that have changed our understanding of the dangers mosquitos can bring to humans, we are sharing some of our helpful reminders about mosquitos.
Meet the Mosquito
There are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes around the world. It may come as a surprise, but they are the deadliest animals in the world. Mosquitoes threaten half of the world’s population. The most recent concern with mosquito transmission is the Zika virus, especially in pregnant women because it is known to cause birth defects.
According to the World Health Organization, they are responsible for the deaths of approximately 725,000 people worldwide every year. In comparison, sharks are responsible for approximately 10 deaths every year. This is why mosquito control is very important.
Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes
By now, you are likely aware of some of the most common measures to prevent mosquito bites, such as wearing light colored clothing, lighting a citronella candle, and using any type of scented products like lotion in moderation.
If you plan on being outside for a period of time, there are a number of mosquito repellants that have DEET and that are DEET-free that were tested by researchers with the Journal of Insect Science for how well they worked upon application and four hours after application.
Keeping mosquitoes away from your home or business should always be the first line of defense. Remove any standing water, cut back weeds and overgrown brush.
The most rapid mosquito control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.