Mosquitoes reproduce and grow at an alarming rate. A single female mosquito can lay several hundreds of eggs. Stagnant water found on ground, rain water, fresh water bodies, water collected in flower pots, tires, cans, toys, or just about on any type of surface that has water is sufficient for the female to lay her eggs. These eggs will turn into larvae, feed on the stagnant water, turn into pupa and finally becomes adult mosquitoes. Adults feed on human blood.
Apart from causing severe itching and burning sensation, these mosquitoes carry numerous pathogens and deadly microorganisms in their tiny bodies. They can easily inject these microorganisms into our blood steam. Dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis, malaria and typhoid are just a few diseases that have caused widespread human deaths.
Taking simple precautionary methods will go a long way in preventing the spread and reproduction of mosquitoes. Observing clean sanitary conditions is one of the biggest methods to prevent mosquitoes from infesting in and around our surroundings. Mosquitoes cannot survive without water. It is absolutely necessary to ensure that there are no stagnant water bodies around our homes, offices, etc.
Make sure that there is no leakage in the drainage or sewage systems. Dispose off used water bottles and cans immediately instead of allowing them to lie around. Birdbaths are perfect for mosquitoes to breed. Change the water everyday and replace it with fresh water. Follow the same procedure for fountains, potted plants, etc.
If you have a swimming pool in your locality, make sure it is chlorinated. Mosquito eggs cannot survive in a chlorine environment and therefore will die. Using repellants, wearing full-sleeved clothes, using nets to cover windows are some options to consider.
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