Dreadful diseases caused by mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are a huge problem across the globe, causing millions of deaths annually. Mosquito bites are extremely irritating, as anyone who has been attacked during the hot and wet summer months can attest to.
Common types of Mosquitoes
- Aedes mosquito - Adult females bite primarily during the day and peak after sunrise and before sunset. Biting activity usually occurs outdoors. They have a short flight range, 50–100 m and prefer darker colours of black and red. They normally rest outdoors.
- Culex mosquito - Adult females bite throughout the night. They are long distance fliers and prefer darker colours. They normally rest indoors before and after blood meals, but sometimes can also be found resting outdoors.
- Anopheles mosquito - Adult females mate, bite, and oviposit at night. They rest indoors or outdoors before and after blood meals, depending on the species.
Prevent Mosquito Bites
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, spray repellent if you are going outside.
Use EPA-registered insect repellent with active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon eucalyptus, Para-menthane-diol, 2-undecanone. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective to prevent mosquito bites.