- Mosquitoes are
insects which make up the family Culicidae.
- They have a pair of
scaled wings, a pair of halteres, a slender body, and long legs.
- The females of most
mosquito species suck blood (hematophagy) from other animals, which has
made them the most deadly disease vectors known, killing millions of
people over thousands of years and continuing to kill millions per year
by the spread of diseases.
- A mosquito can fly
for 1 to 4 hours continuously at up to 1–2 km/h travelling up to 10
km in a night.
- When humans and
animals exhale, they give off CO2 (carbon dioxide) and other
which attract mosquitoes.
- In fact, mosquitoes
have sensors that can detect the presence of these chemicals at a
distance of over 100 feet and once the mosquito picks upthe scent, they
will immediately change direction and fly rapidly toward the intended
- The United Nations
is harnessing nuclear technology to try to eradicate the mosquitoes
whose bite transmits malaria, a deadly disease devastating the African
- The technique of
sterilization could not be used all over Africa and would have to be
combined with other population control techniques to eradicate the
- Mosquito control is
the task of managing the population of mosquitoes to reduce their damage
to human health, economies, and enjoyment of mosquito-ridden
- Fogging method of
controlling mosquitoes, flies and other such pests is temporary but is
indeed necessary in many instances, including health threats from severe
bug populations and to prepare for an outdoor activity where these pests
- Mosquito control is
a vital public-health practice throughout the world and especially in
the tropics because mosquitoes spread many diseases, such as
- Control of larvae
can be accomplished through use of contact poisons, growth regulators,
surface films, stomach poisons (including bacterial agents), and
biological agents such as fungi, nematodes, copepods, and fish.
- The State Mosquito
Management Program today announced that mosquitoes trapped in Stonington
on June 11, 2008 have tested positive for West Nile virus.
- These are the
first West Nile-positive mosquitoes identified by the Connecticut
Agricultural Experiment Station this year.
- Encephalitis Mosquito mosquito
causes few service requests, however, it does require a large part of
our control effort to prevent the spread of the encephalitis virus that
- Culex salinarius is
a mosquito species abundant in coastal salt marshes that will feed on
people and is one of the species that has been identified with West Nile
virus in Connecticut in prior years.
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