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Frequently Asked Questions
About Mosquitoes

What are some facts about mosquitoes?

  • Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth because more deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet.

  • The average life span of the female mosquito is 3 to 100 days; the male's is 10 to 20 days.

  • Depending on species, female mosquitoes may lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 during their lifespan.

  • Mosquitoes do not feed on blood. The female mosquito requires a blood meal for development of her eggs.

  • Most mosquitoes remain within a 1 mile radius of their breeding site.

  • Mosquitoes are more attracted to women than to men.

  • Mosquitoes are more prone to attacking people and animals during a full moon.

  • Mosquito saliva has some of the same ingredients as rat poison.

Where do mosquitoes breed?

All mosquitoes require water to breed. Some species can breed in puddles left after a rainstorm.

Just a few inches of water is all it takes for a female to deposit her eggs. Tiny mosquito larva develops quickly in bird baths, roof gutters, and old tires dumped in vacant lots. If you want to keep mosquitoes under control around your home, you need to be vigilant about dumping any standing water every few days.

What diseases do mosquitoes carry?

Worldwide, mosquito-borne diseases kill more people than any other single factor. Mosquitoes can be carriers of malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever in humans.

How do mosquitoes locate blood hosts?

Mosquitoes locate blood hosts by scent, sight and heat. From 100 feet away (30 meters) mosquitoes can smell your scent, especially the carbon dioxide (CO2) you exhale. Biting flies are even better; they can smell their prey from 300 feet (100 meters) away. Because CO2 is present in the atmosphere (plants take in CO2 and give off oxygen), mosquitoes respond to higher-than-normal concentrations, especially when the CO2 is mixed with host-odor. They follow your scent upwind, and can see you at a distance of about 30 feet (10 meters).

Things you should know about the deadly DENGUE:

The Department of Health in the Philippines has recorded a total of 84,023 dengue cases from January to September 11, 2010. This translates to 117.73% higher than the number of cases recorded in the same period last year. There are now 543 people died from dengue as of September 4, 2010. Dengue is a life threatening disease and the numbers are very alarming thus, everyone should stay protected and aware of what dengue can do to your loved ones.

What is Dengue?

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is an acute infectious disease manifested initially with fever.

Aedes aegypti, the transmitter of the disease, is a day-biting mosquito which lays eggs in clear and stagnant water found in flower vases, cans, rain barrels, old rubber tires, etc. The adult mosquitoes rest in dark places of the house.

What are the signs and symptoms of dengue?

  • Sudden onset of high fever which may last 2 to 7 days

  • Joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes

  • Weakness

  • Skin rashes—maculopapular rash or red tiny spots on the skin called petechiae

  • Nosebleeding when fever starts to subside, abdominal pain, vomiting of coffee-colored matter and dark-colored stools.

How to prevent and control dengue carrying mosquitoes?

  • Cover water drums and water pails at all times to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

  • Replace water in flower vases once a week.

  • Clean all water containers once a week. Scrub the sides well to remove eggs of mosquitoes sticking to the sides.

  • Clean gutters of leaves and debris so that rain water will not collect as breeding places of mosquitoes.

  • Old tires used as roof support should be punctured or cut to avoid accumulation of water.

  • Collect and dispose all unusable tin cans, jars, bottles and other items that can collect and hold water.

  • Control the mosquitoes inside and outside your home by using products like Pest-Off Anti Mosquito Patch, Pest-Off Complete Insect Killer, and Pest-Off Mosquito Coil.

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