Mosquitoes are More than a Nuisance, They’re a Public Health Risk
Every time a mosquito bites you, there’s a small chance that they could transmit a life-threatening disease, such as yellow fever or West Nile Virus.
In fact, more than one million deaths are attributed to mosquitoes around the world each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition to being a danger to you and your family, mosquitoes can transmit diseases and parasites to your beloved pets! Luckily, North American mosquitoes are much less likely to carry disease then in most other parts of the world. So, next time you're complaining about how annoying it is to be bitten by a mosquito, consider that it could be much, much worse!
What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?
Mosquitoes are flying insects with long legs and slender bodies. Generally, only around a quarter inch long, mosquitoes are relatively small, but still very visible to the human eye. Their hind wings are small and a long ‘stinger,’ called a proboscis, which is the instrument used to pierce the skin and feed on blood, protrudes from the heads of the females.