If you work out, are pregnant or have type “O” blood you may be attracting mosquitoes. Not only are mosquitoes attracted to people with higher body temperatures and certain blood types, but also to people who wear darker colors, like black, dark blue, or red. In addition, Scientists are inconclusive as to why beer can make a person more attractive to a mosquito.
Did you know mosquitoes can smell their dinner from an impressive distance of up to 50 meters? Any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance. It’s the female mosquitoes who hunt and need human blood as protein to produce and develop fertile eggs. The male mosquitoes do not bite people.
The majority of people are unaware they’ve been bitten and contracted the West Nile Virus so most cases go unreported. Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms such as diarrhea, a stiff neck, high fever, severe headaches and muscle aches, as well as nausea or vomiting? You may be infected.
Typically, mosquito outbreaks are controlled by killing larvae and eliminating places they can hatch.
Tips to reduce your risks of being infected with a disease through a mosquito bite:
• Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present
• If outdoors at dusk and dawn, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants with socks and shoes
• Use insect repellent that contains no more than 50% DEET for adults and 30% for children
• Install screens on all the windows and doors in your home
• Eliminate standing water in your yard; especially in the crevices of children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans, bird baths and wheelbarrows
• Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas)
The West Nile virus is at its worst in late summer, when the disease-carrying mosquitoes reach the height of their breeding. When mosquitoes bite infected birds, become infected themselves and then bite humans, the virus is transmitted. As of now, there is no human vaccine for West Nile virus and also no treatment or cure.
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