Mosquitoes are vectors for many dreaded diseases such as malaria, fliariasis, dengue, yellow fever, encephalitis, etc. the female mosquito requires blood meal for development of her eggs and hence only females bite warm-blododed animals including humans, while the males live on plants nectar. The mosquitoes commonly encountered in and around human habitation are:
- Anophheles: Responsible for causing Malaria, the most prevalent and devastating disease that still threatens over 40% of the world population, causing severe mortality, especially in children.
- Culex: Responsible for causing filariasis which causes fever and acute swelling of the lymph glands, a condition commonly known as “elephantiasis”.
- Aedes: Responsible for causing Dengue which has assumed epidemic proportions in urban areas where Aedes aegypti breeds in close proximity to humans in man-made collections of clean water such as water coolers, pots, old tyres, cans, empty bottles, etc.
Facts about Mosquitoes:
- Are you aware that only female mosquitoes suck our bloods and male mosquitoes live on plant nectar?
- Female and bigger people are most attracted by mosquitoes.
- Full moon increases mosquitoes activity by 500%.
- Mosquito can find the host by chemical signal from a distance of 25 to 35 meters.
- Mosquitoes also carry heartworm which can be lethal to your dogs.
Diseases caused by Mosquitoes
Malaria, Dengue, Filaria, Brain Fever, Yellow Fever, Chicken Gunya, Encephalitis, etc.