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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How to Avoid Being Bugged by Mosquitos

Summer is the season when people everywhere can finally get outdoors and enjoy warm weather activities, but mosquito bites can put a serious damper on the fun. While most mosquito bites are not serious, some potentially fatal diseases can be spread by these pesky flying blood suckers.

West Nile disease is a mosquito born virus that has been a problem in certain parts of the country within the past few decades. The virus causes encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that can have serious neurological effects or even cause death in about one percent of those infected. West Nile Virus seems to affect horses even more than humans; perhaps because most horses live outside during the summer months. Once a horse has been infected with the virus, there is a 30 percent chance that it will die from the disease. There is a vaccine that can be administered to protect horses from West Nile, but it is not 100 percent effective and is also very costly.

Considering the fact that there doesn't seem to be any benefit from the existence of mosquitos, as well as the itchy bites they inflict on humans, eliminating them seems like a really good idea. One of the most effective ways to prevent the larvae from hatching is through the use of a mosquito water trap. This ingenious device entices the adult female to lay her eggs in the standing water contained in the trap. The water in the trap has been conditioned through the use of tablets that kill the larvae before they can hatch.

Mosquitoes always lay their eggs in water since standing water is required for the eggs to hatch into larvae and quickly grow into adult mosquitoes. The newly hatched adults then seek out a supply of blood and the cycle begins all over again. While insect repellents and citronella candles can protect humans to some extent, there will always be a few mosquitoes that successfully find a new supply of blood. The best approach is to completely eliminate any standing water available other than the mosquito deleter traps.

Disclamer: Guest post, all ideas and information is not mine.


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