What is the purpose of the Mosquito?

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One of the most detested insects on the planet is the mosquito. There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes who transmit more diseases than any other creature. Mosquitoes are vectors of some of humanity’s deadliest illnesses and cause millions of deaths worldwide every year. Three species of mosquitoes are responsible for the spread of disease to humans. Anopheles mosquitoes are the only species known to carry malaria. They also transmit filariasis (also called elephantiasis) and encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes carry encephalitis, filariasis, Rift Valley Fever, and the West Nile virus. And Aedes mosquitoes, of which the voracious Asian tiger is a member, carry yellow fever, dengue, Rift Valley Fever, zika, chikungunya, and encephalitis.

Mosquitoes transmit diseases in a variety of ways. In the case of malaria, parasites attach themselves to the gut of a female mosquito and enter a host as she feeds. In other cases, such as yellow fever and dengue, a virus enters the mosquito as it feeds on an infected human and is transmitted via the mosquito’s saliva to a subsequent victim. When a mosquito bites a person, who has lymphatic filariasis, microscopic worms circulating in the person’s blood enter and infect the mosquito. When the infected mosquito bites another person, the microscopic worms pass from the mosquito through the skin, and travel to the lymph vessels. West Nile is spread through the bite of a mosquito who became infected with West Nile Virus when they feed on infected birds. 

What is the purpose of the Mosquito? I am glad you asked, the mosquito is a reliable source of food for thousands of animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, and frogs.

Ultrathon has a time-release insect repellent that provides up to 12 hours of protection it resists rain, water splashes, and perspiration. The active ingredient is 34% DEET, which offers a high level of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and other insects. DEET is a powerful chemical and can cause plastic to melt, so be careful when using.

Repel has a product to protect against insect bites called Oil of lemon eucalyptus. This plant based DEET Free product contains 30% Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus the only plant-based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Clinically proven, made with Citriodiol a clinically proven plant-based insect repellent that is naturally and sustainably sourced. Good for the family, good for the planet. Oil of lemon eucalyptus repels mosquitoes for up to 6 hours that may transmit Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue virus & Chikungunya virus. None of the ingredients will harm gear and for extra protection apply to clothing.

Sawyer provides a repellent for use on clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin is more than just an insect repellent it actually kills ticks, mosquitoes, spiders, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. Permethrin is also effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus.

Providing a fantastic odorless barrier of protection, a single application of Permethrin lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washings. Using it on outdoor gear also helps reduce the mosquito population in your camp and prevents ticks from attaching to you. Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Permethrin with Sawyer Picaridin, an effective and comfortable topical repellent.

When a tick, mosquito, or other insect encounters Permethrin, it absorbs a dose that will either repel or kill the insect. The synthetic version of pyrethrum (a natural insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower) and is non-toxic. These products can be purchased at REI and Amazon as well as other retailers. Share your favorite mosquito repellents.

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Roseland Hupp

Roseland Hupp

I am Roseland, and I travel, write, and take plenty of photos of different cities and countries I have travelled to around the world. My blog is for everyone who yearns to travel and learn about the diverse countries of the world. Subscribers to this blog will gain unique insight to travel through hands-on interactions rather than a hands-off perspective of a being a foreigner in a new land. Each post will reflect the truth of the locale it represents without any sugar coating added. You can learn more about me here.

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