Mosquitoes, how to avoid them explained by specialist

By Vivienne Heines, Healthy South Texas Specialist

Springtime brings warm and wet weather, perfect for gardening or yard work, as well as for breeding one of our most dangerous insects – the mosquito.

Mosquitoes affect the health of people and animals more than any other insect pest worldwide. Biting female mosquitoes transmit many infectious agents that cause diseases such as encephalitis, malaria, dengue, chikungunya, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and yellow fever. These insects have an uncanny ability to locate and land on human beings. Research has shown that mosquitoes have receptors that enable them to detect both carbon dioxide – in our exhaled breath -- and skin odor. The smell of clothing, dirty socks, and even bedding has been found to attract mosquitoes.

 

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