West Nile Virus Proven To Be A Killer In 2012! Part 1 Of 2

In recent years, bed bugs have taken the top spot as the pest to avoid.  Despite the warnings from pest control professionals in Ocean Country, NJ, many residents are still unaware of how dangerous mosquito bites are to humans, no matter where you live.

Mosquitoes are dangerous creatures that multiply in all types of water sources.  Common items in a backyard such as a swimming pool that is lacking in sufficient chlorine, old tires, buckets, wheel barrows, bird baths, pet bowls left outdoors, clogged gutters or down spouts, kiddie pools or toys, and the water collection trays of plant containers.  Mosquitoes need so little water to lay their eggs that even a discarded bottle cap filled with rainwater serves its purpose.  A single bottle cap can produce thousands of mosquitoes in just seven days!

Like many other bloodsucking insects, female mosquitoes are the only creatures that seek out a blood meal.  Because their source of food is derived from birds and humans alike, a mosquito is likely to become infected with a blood-borne virus from a bird that it bites.  Once it bites a human, the virus that the female is carrying is then transmitted onto its next victim.

Worldwide, mosquitoes kill more humans than all other types of insects combined.  Common viruses that mosquitoes transmit to humans are Dengue Fever, Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, and West Nile Virus.  People who are over 50 years old, young children, and those with chronic illnesses should take special care to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.