New species of mosquitos have arrived to menace the country. The Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito were recently found in San Bernardino County. Both species carry multiple infectious diseases such as yellow fever, severe dengue, and chikungunya. While there is a vaccine for yellow fever, it can still cause jaundice and organ failure. Severe dengue results in problems with the circulatory system and breathing problems, and chikungunya causes intense joint pain. They are rarely fatal, but the debilitating symptoms do stick around for a good several weeks.
Traditional methods of control such as spraying pesticides from trucks or the air aren’t working. Officials are recommending preventative measures such as removing containers filled with water from your home and keeping everything sanitary. The mosquitos don’t need much to survive, either. They can lay eggs in as little as a teaspoon of water, and even if the eggs dry up, they can still survive for several months without water. Make sure to wear insect repellant, as the bugs mostly bite during the day, both indoors and outdoors.
Are mosquitos menacing you? What do you do to prevent or deal with these potentially dangerous critters?
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