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As researchers look for ways
to stop these diseases, they’re increasingly turning to genetic modification as
a way to reduce or eradicate mosquito populations. Genetic engineering can
create sterile mosquitoes, mosquitoes that produce non-viable offspring, and
even mosquitoes unable to carry the Malaria virus. Although genetic modification
could be the best way to stop the spread of deadly mosquito-borne diseases, it
is not without risk
Mosquito bites are a fact of life in summer. Of course, you can reduce the chances of being bitten by using mosquito traps, repellents, and avoiding the outdoors in the evenings, but you’re still likely to get the odd itchy bite.
Here’s are some methods that can help – and some that probably won’t:
Do you come away from a backyard BBQ covered in red, itchy bites, while your friend or partner gets away with none? Some people are far more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes, and it’s not just about bad luck or sitting in the wrong place – there are a number of factors that can make you more appetising to the tiny summer pests.
Studies show that around 20% of people are particularly delicious to mosquitoes, which makes them attract far more bites than the rest of the population. Unfortunately, many of the reasons are beyond your control – personal body chemistry and blood type are major factors.
In 2017, the biggest mosquito borne
diseases that were reported in the United States were West Nile Virus (WNV),
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and of course, Zika. WNV is still the most
common virus that mosquitoes transmit to us and is also responsible for taking
the highest number of human lives.
Chemical insecticides and repellents are one commonly used method of control, but they’re not necessarily the best choice for everyone. Depending on the active ingredient and the method of use, they can cause health problems for people and pets, and can damage populations of beneficial insects such as bees.
Zika Virus is no
longer considered a global health emergency according to the World Health
Organisation in Late-November 2016 because the virus is a dangerous
mosquito-borne disease and should now be viewed as an ongoing threat.
Studies have shown that a full moon makes mosquitoes more active with biting activity increasing by as much as 500%
The growth and spread of mosquito-borne diseases throughout the world has meant areas that were once considered relatively safe destinations are now under threat from virus infections not previously seen before. Mosquitoes thrive on every continent except Antarctica so no matter where you intend to travel, getting bitten seems almost inevitable.
If you’re a Multi-tasking, Over-worked, Miracle-worker, MOM for short, then you want mosquito control to be easy, and with Mega-Catch™ it is; as easy as One, Two, Trap!
While 85% of mosquitoes' attraction to us is to do with genetics, which we can’t control i.e. genes dictate our blood type and the chemical makeup of our skin. We can control environmental factors like what we wear and our alcohol intake. Avoid mosquito bites with Mega-Catch's™ guide on how NOT to attract mosquitoes.
Researchers estimate about four out of five people infected with Zika virus don’t know they have it. Common signs to look out for include a slight fever, rash, conjunctivitis, headache as well as joint and muscle pain
Mosquitoes are highly visual, especially later in the afternoon, when their first mode of search for humans is through vision. However there’s plenty you can do to avoid an onslaught of mosquito bites at your next outdoor gathering.
If they’re not properly maintained, swimming pools can quickly become mosquito breeding sites, creating a nuisance for both yourself and your neighbors. Here’s some tips on how to keep mosquitoes away.
Looking for the complete Mosquito Solution? For long-term results follow our simple 4-Step TRAP Program.
Mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous creatures on the planet, responsible for more human deaths each year than sharks, snakes, bears and lions combined.
Not all mosquitoes die off or migrate like birds. Some species seek out basements, storm sewers, stables, hollow logs or animal burrows in which to hibernate and hide out from the cold. Others do die, but lay their eggs in freezing water beforehand, where they lie on the ground like seeds, waiting for warm weather and spring rains to hatch and produce the next generation.
Biting midges or no-see-ums, often fly in swarms and are ferocious biters. Like mosquitoes, only female midges bite, taking blood to provide a source of protein for their eggs. Females typically bite at dawn or dusk, often in dense swarms, and usually in the vicinity of water, marshes or rotting vegetation. Where they bite you will depend on the species. Some species will attack you around the head and eyes, while others attack the ankles, often crawling up the body under clothes.
After a spike in West Nile virus cases, everyone is on high alert for a resurgence of the disease. Because most infections occur between June and September, hitting their peak in August, ongoing preventive measures are essential. So keep your traps running, slap on the bug spray and try and stay indoors after dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Super sized and with a bite to match, Mega Mosquitoes known as gallinippers, are set to invade Florida this summer where major tropical events such as Tropical Storm Debby awakened the dormant eggs.
Mark the American Mosquito Control Association’s (AMCA) National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 24-30) and fight the bite in your backyard with a few simple steps including the AMCA’s recommended three D’s:
Banish mosquitoes from your backyard with a well placed Mega-Catch™ trap together with some carefully selected plants.
The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has declared June 20-26 this year’s ‘National Mosquito Control Awareness Week’. Founded in 1935, the AMCA is a scientific/educational, not-for-profit public service association dedicated to preserving the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs.
Co2 trapping is one of the most effective methods of dealing to these little bloodsuckers, often referred to as the vampires of the insect world. Research has shown that biting midges, like many species of mosquito, are attracted to C02.
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