#WorldMosquitoDay: 10 Things About Mosquitoes You Might Not Know
When British medical doctor, Sir Ronald Ross, discovered the malaria was carried by the female Anopheles mosquito in 1897, it was the beginning of a bad day for mosquitoes and a great day for the world's people, especially those that have the will-power to wipe out this deadly mosquito specie from their environment.
We have seen nations where malaria is treated like a dreaded disease, with the individual isolated, but in Nigeria, the situation is different. A vast proportion of the nation now sees mosquitoes as insects that are part of their daily lives.
August 20 of every year is World Mosquito Day and Nigeria and other African nations are still battling to contain the dreaded malaria spread-agent.
Mosquitoes are the world deadliest animal, due to their spread of infectious diseases. They are responsible for more human deaths than snakes, sharks, hippos and crocodiles combined.
Over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.
Certain species of mosquitoes can carry disease from animal or person to another.
Here are 10 things that you might not know about this blood sucking creatures.
1. Mosquitoes usually fly below 25 ft. But some species are found on Himalayas, up to 8,000 feet.
2. Mosquito buzzing isn't just a thing mosquitoes do. They do it on purpose - to find suitable mates.
3. Warmer weather may increase mosquito numbers and the risk of outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases. A reason mosquitoes find it hard to say in an air-conditioned room.
4. There are two main mosquito predators. Fish and dragon flies.
5. The red bump and itching caused by a mosquito bite is actually an allergic reaction.
6. Male mosquitoes typically live 7 to 10 days while females live up to 30 days.
7. Only female mosquitoes bite. They need a blood meal to feed their eggs. At other times they feed on nectar like the makes do.
8. Mosquitoes often buss over your head because they are attracted to CO we exhale. They can detect CO from 75 feet away.
9. Mosquitoes can travel an average of 1km in its lifetime. Human travellers are 1,000 times more likely to spread malaria than a mosquito is.
10. Mosquitoes prefer O-type blood people with high body heat and pregnant women. If you are in this group, the best thing to do is to use mosquito net and keep them away from feeding on you.
Here is an image shared by the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance that highlights these ten things with info-graphics.
Experts have recommended a clean environment and the use of mosquito nets as remedies to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
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