During the summer months, mosquitoes are simply accepted by most residents as an unfortunate part of warmer weather.
During the summer months, mosquitoes are simply accepted by most residents as an unfortunate part of warmer weather. While these annoying insects are labeled as nuisance pests in most areas, mosquitoes can actually be quite dangerous under the right circumstances.
Most of the time, being bitten by a mosquito will only leave you with an uncomfortable, itchy bite mark on your arms, legs, hands, or feet. However, mosquitoes are also known for their capability to spread harmful diseases all around the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Some of the diseases mosquitoes have transmitted to humans include encephalitis, malaria, dengue, and yellow fever. These diseases are passed from person to person when mosquitoes bite an infected individual and move on to bite a healthy individual soon after. When you’re bitten by an infected mosquito, a small portion of the infected blood is transferred from the mosquito’s proboscis into your bloodstream, which is how these diseases are spread.
Mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid climates with lots of moisture, which is why you can often find large clouds of mosquitoes around thick foliage, tall grasses, and around stagnant bodies of water. To reduce your exposure to mosquitoes this summer, it’s important to avoid these mosquito hot spots.