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Which Water Sources Provide Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes With Ideal Breeding Sites, And Which Water Sources Do Mosquitoes Avoid?

The threat of mosquito-borne disease has prompted officials with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and statewide public health agencies to educate the public on how to avoid mosquito bites and how to better control the pests within populated areas. For example, it should now be common knowledge that removing sources of standing water from residential yards and urban areas helps to keep mosquitoes out of human-populated areas, and therefore, helps to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. The most common sources of standing water within residential yards include discarded plastic cups and cans, garbage receptacle lids, tires, buckets, kiddie pools, grill covers, flower pots, and recycle bins. Some residents are better about keeping these common sources of standing water out of their yards than others. Those who do not bother with this method of mosquito control often assume that removing incredibly small sources of water from one single yard will do little to keep mosquitoes away. This assumption is particularly prevalent in neighborhoods that are located near a large body of water. However, mosquitoes prefer small collections of stagnant water, like puddles, as a breeding site, and not so much large bodies of water, like a river.Customer Service

Obviously, it is impossible to remove all sources of standing water from human-populated areas. In the humid southeast US where rainfall is frequent, there is only so much residents can do to prevent the formation of standing water, and this is why mosquitoes are particularly common in this region. It is important to know, however, that the most dangerous mosquito species rely largely on small sources of standing water in urban and suburban areas for reproduction, and not at all on permanent and natural water sources where a current can disturb a female mosquito’s ability to plant eggs. This makes even a narrow and shallow creek useless as a mosquito breeding site, as the current is too strong to allow mosquito larvae to emerge upon maturation. A water puddle that forms following a bout of rain, on the other hand, is an ideal source of standing water for mosquitoes, as the shallow and stagnant water is optimal for larval development. Of course, a water puddle is one common breeding site that humans cannot easily reduce, but most other breeding sources are provided by humans. If more people were aware that the two most significant disease-carrying mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, relied almost solely on stagnant water sources in urban and suburban regions, it is probable that more people would make an effort to remove these water sources on their property.

Do you make a point to remove standing water sources from your yard?

Is The Ecosystem Negatively Affected By The Eradication Of Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes?

Unfortunately, mosquitoes are abundant on this planet, as there exists more than 3,500 species discovered so far. Considering that malaria alone kills more than one million people per year, it would seem that eradicating all mosquitoes from the planet would be a good thing, right?Female Aedes Mosquito

While the mosquito is, in fact, the deadliest animal in the world, eradicating every species that exists would be considered overkill by most experts. Of the more than 3,500 hundred mosquito species that exist, only around 200 hundred transmit disease to humans, and not all species require tropical locations with wet and humid conditions in order to thrive. In fact, mosquitoes have adapted to just about every type of habitat in the world during the course of their 100 million years of existence. As a result of their adaptability, they have coevolved with many other animal species, making the insects essential components in most of earth’s ecosystems. Despite this, some researchers have good reason to believe that eradicating some mosquito species from particular regions may not be a bad idea.

Experts have traditionally claimed that eradicating even one single mosquito species could have a dramatic effect on their native ecosystem, as mosquitoes provide numerous animals with food, and many species are active pollinators of a variety of different plant species. However, a few researchers believe that the ecological necessity of mosquitoes is often overstated, as the ecosystem has the ability to recover from an animal group’s extinction.

It is likely that the void left by the sudden absence of mosquitoes would quickly be filled by other existing organisms, and most forms of life would continue to thrive despite their loss. For example, in a region of western Africa, scientists have already shown that not a single native animal species in the region would suffer on account of the complete loss of the native malaria-carrying mosquito species known as An. gambiae. One notable medical entomologist, Carlos Brisola Marcondes, even claimed that humanity would benefit tremendously from a total eradication of all mosquito species. Perhaps humankind can do without bloodsucking and disease-carrying airborne creatures after all.

Do you believe that mosquitoes will be absent in the future world?




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How To avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Applying insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label. Apply repellant over top of sunscreen, and reapply every four to six hours.
  • Minimizing outside activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, though it is important to note that mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya are active throughout the day.
  • Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
  • Eliminating areas of standing water around the home including clogged gutters, birdbaths, flower pots, tires and kiddie pools or untreated pools. Mosquitoes need only half an inch of water to breed.
  • Screening windows and doors, and patching torn screens.Mosquito Control Tyler Texas

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