Mosquitoes

By | Feb 21, 2019

There are 50 species of mosquitoes in the state of Missouri and most of them drink blood from vertebrate animals (dogs, humans, etc). Some species bite during the day, while others are most active at dawn, dusk or night. All mosquitoes need standing or quiet water in which to lay their eggs; but as adults, different species have different habitats and active times. Some prevail near floodwaters or temporary pools, others in houses, in irrigated pastures, marshes or streams. (source)

Mosquitoes can carry and transmit diseases. But the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease is relatively low. Less than 1 percent of mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus and if the mosquito is infected, only 1 percent of the people bitten will become ill. (source. MO State Parks)

Minimize being bitten by a mosquito.

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET directly to skin and clothing.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outside.
  • Avoid going outdoors around dusk and dawn.
  • Do not wear perfume, scented lotion or cologne outdoors.

WHAT YOU CAN DO AT HOME

  • Don’t let mosquitoes breed around your home.
  • Eliminate standing water from flower pots, barrels, used tires, clogged roof gutters or water-holding containers.
  • Install or repair window and door screens to keep out mosquitoes.
  • Keep grass cut short so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.

Resource. U of M Extension: mosquitoes (the biology)

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