The Mosquito Population
There are so many things that you should know about mosquitoes, it’s difficult to know where to start. In this post, we’ll look at the mosquito population and answer a few frequently asked questions.
How many species of mosquito are there?
So you may be shocked by this answer, but there are over 3,000 different types of mosquito. Not all of them are the disease spreading kind, but enough of them can potentially transmit life-threatening diseases. Enough for them to be labelled the worlds deadliest creature. So you might want to read on because almost 200 different species are here in the United States (not all of them spread disease, but there are quite a few that do). Here’s an article showing which U.S cities are the worst for mosquitoes.
list of the 10 U.S. cities where the bloodsucking insects are most bothersome. Mosquito season can last from five to seven months, “This year we specifically examined mosquitoes because beyond being a nuisance they also carry diseases that make them a health concern,” entomologist John Bell said. If you’re looking to prepare for the upcoming warmer weather and mosquito-proof your yard, remove as much standing water as possible, cutting grass and trimming vegetation regularly and clearing brush where the insects might hide.
Where in the world is the mosquito population the biggest?
Mosquitoes can be found anywhere, but there are places where the mosquito population is far worse than others. Usually, if there is a tropical climate then these suckers thrive!
The largest population of mosquitoes is found in tropical regions that often have humid conditions – in countries like Thailand, Brazil, Philippines, Australia and Indonesia. Basically in most African, Asian and South American countries, you will find more mosquitoes compared to Europe or North America.
Are there more female than male mosquitoes?
We may hate all mosquitoes because we think all of them have the potential to bite us. However, it is only the female mosquitoes that need blood for food. It is unsure as to the population of male v female mosquitoes, but it is noted that the female mosquitoes do live longer and therefore, the population against the males would be thought to be higher.
What can we do to reduce the mosquito population?
We can all play a part in the fight against these pests by making sure we reduce the areas that would make potential breeding grounds. Mosquitoes love standing water, so anywhere in your yard that this could collect is a great place for a mosquito to breed. With adequate mosquito control and regular removal of standing water, we can all contribute to the reduction in the mosquito population, instead of letting it grow any bigger than it already is.
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