Why are mosquitoes bad?
There are over 2500 different mosquito species throughout the world, with 150 different species in the United States and 80 in Texas alone. Houston’s Mosquito population is some of the worst in the country.
Mosquitoes require water in order to complete their life cycle, which is why certain areas with standing water are targets for mosquito habitation. These can include bird baths, artificial planters, gutters, and around pools. In Houston, this can also include our Bayous, stormwater drainage, ponds and other areas Houston mosquitoes are found.
Only the female mosquito bites to obtain a blood meal, which is required to produce viable eggs. Heat produced by our muscles draws mosquitoes to humans, making us easy targets.
Mosquitoes and other flying and biting insects are not only a nuisance, but are vectors for deadly diseases making them a potential health hazard to men, women, children and pets. Yes, not only are mosquitoes hazardous to humans, but they can effect your horse, dog, cattle, etc. Houston mosquitoes have produced recent cases of West Nile Virus.
Mosquito-borne diseases include:
- West Nile Virus
- Yellow Fever
- Dengue Fever
- Dog Heartworm
West Nile cases have increased each year affecting thousands of birds, horses and humans. One of the best ways to prevent this deadly disease in humans is to avoid mosquito bites.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Mosquito Control Association
Houston Mosquito Report
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