We’ve told you before… mosquitoes have been killing machines since the dinosaurs. Do you remember this past story about mosquitoes? We reminded you that Aristotle questioned the purpose of them way back in 300 B.C. and that it’s believed that Alexander the Great probably died from Malaria in 323 B.C.
Over and over in history, we see where mosquitoes and the diseases they carry have wreaked havoc on this planet. In 1898, Dr. Walter Reed found that mosquitoes were spreading yellow fever amongst the troops during the Spanish-American war. Up until his research, it was assumed that the spread was through bedding and clothing. Because he found the link to mosquitoes, yellow fever was almost completely wiped out at the time. In the United States, we may be inclined to think of plagues and fevers that wipe out populations as a thing of the past. But that is far from the truth.
MOSQUITOES REALLY ARE THE DEADLIEST CREATURES
When we wrote the previous article, the Bill Gates foundation said that mosquitoes killed approximately 725,000 people a year. As of now, in Cnet’s report of the 24 deadliest animals in the world, that number is up to 1 million. So as the deadliest animal by far in the world, with humans killing humans ranking 2nd by more than 50% less, there is so much work to be done.
Though it was eradicated in the United States in 1949, Malaria still makes for the majority of these deaths in Africa and other 3rd world nations. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year to fight this terribly deadly disease. In the US there are those that affect us as well. West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis all exist here in the US and can be fatal.
THE MOSQUITO BATTLE FOUGHT AT HOME
With staggering numbers of deaths caused by mosquitoes and money spent to fight disease, it seems that we should all be willing to do what we can on the home front. It all boils down to what we can control. You can begin by following the 5 Ts of mosquito control to remove areas that are favorable for mosquito habitats. Fewer places for mosquitoes to thrive results in fewer mosquitoes.
Mosquito Squad of Franklin & Framingham would like to help you take that control to the next level. Our barrier treatment eliminates mosquitoes on contact and continues to work for 21 days. By creating a plan with us for the entire season we can keep your family safe from diseases and comfortable in your outdoor surroundings without those pesky and dangerous mosquitoes flying about. Call us today.