Early this spring, WTLV shared a drone video of a surfer’s close encounter with a shark right off of Ponte Vedra Beach. It was about 5 pm when Julian Goodall decided to take some video of his buddies surfing in the Cabana Beach Club area and there they were – at least 2 sharks within feet. Actually this time of year we see similar footage up and down each coast. But how scared should we be?
What is the Deadliest Animal on Earth?
Well, of course, no one wants to get bitten by a shark, but did you know that out of the top 24 deadliest animals in the world, sharks actually rank 23rd, killing only 5 humans per year globally. Probably a lot less than you expected. I’d be willing to bet that Cnet’s entire list might shock you a little. Horses kill 20 people a year. And ants… 30! Tsetse Flies, Assassin Bugs, and Freshwater Snails are tied for 7th coming in at 10,000 deaths per year. Snails? I would have never thought about deadly snails! But even 10,000 deaths a year is so much less than the #1 deadliest organism. Less by about 990,000!
Deadly Animals Come in Small Packages
Have you guessed it? If you were in your own backyard this weekend I’m sure you probably saw one. The mosquito kills 1 million people each year according to the World Health Organization. Most of these deaths are caused by Malaria, however, West Nile Virus, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and Zika are all potentially dangerous diseases carried by mosquitoes. On his blog, Bill Gates says that more than 2,500 species of mosquitoes exist and can be found in every region of the world other than Antarctica. And no one has to tell us that they can be found here.
Jacksonville Mosquito Control Provides Peace-of-Mind
You wouldn’t go near Elephants or Hippos (who tie for #13 with a measly 500 human deaths) for fear of being crushed, but when was the last time you heard of a Hippo stampede at the neighborhood July 4th BBQ? If you did, you’d certainly do something to stop them. The mosquitoes are coming to your BBQ, and they are much more deadly than elephants, hippos, and sharks combined, don’t let them in!
This year as you are watching the news for shark reports before you plan a day on the beach, maybe you should consider those pesky little killers that could be right in your backyard as well. At Mosquito Squad of Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra, we’d like to eliminate the worry along with 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your outdoors spaces. Our trained professional technicians with our 100% guaranteed barrier treatment will make your yard the safe and comfortable place you deserve for a great summer of fun, right there at home. Call us today to schedule the first installment of the plan that works best for you. We can’t wait to hear from you.