Mosquitoes – The Good And The Bad
- Mosquitoes provide food for many birds, insects and arachnids and also pollinate certain plants.
- Mosquito larva provide food for many fish and other aquatic life.
Mosquitoes are known to carry many infectious diseases from several different classes of microorganisms, including viruses and parasites.
Mosquito-borne illnesses include:
- Zika virus
- West Nile virus
- Dengue Fever
- Yellow Fever
- Venezuelan equine encephalitis
- Eastern equine encephalitis
- Western equine encephalitis
Zika virus began in Brazil spreading rapidly in 2015 and in 2017 reached the USA and was locally transmitted in Florida and Texas. Microcephaly in babies and other neonatal issues can occur as a result of the Zika virus. Malaria kills more people worldwide than any other disease while in the United States EEE and WEE are regarded as two of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases due to their high mortality rates. Symptoms range from mild flu-like illness to encephalitis, coma and death. West Nile virus can also have lifelong debilitating effects.
Heart worm disease in dogs and cats are also caused by mosquitoes and is fatal if left untreated.
Did you know that mosquitoes can breed and reproduce very close to and even inside your home? Well they can and in tomorrow’s tip we will talk about identifying potential mosquito breeding sources.
Enjoy your tips,
Jeff C. White