With all the attention the Zika virus is receiving, it’s pretty easy to forget the other illnesses mosquitoes can transmit. One highly overlooked mosquito in particular is the Culex mosquito. The Culex mosquito is actually quite different from other mosquitoes in that, unlike most other mosquitoes capable of carrying and transmitting diseases, it thrives in hot, dry weather. Seeing as how nearly the entire state of Massachusetts is seeing drought-like conditions, this is not good news. The reason for this – Culex mosquitoes are carriers and transmitters of West Nile virus.
According to a recent article in the Boston Globe, “Hot, dry weather is bad for all adult mosquitoes, because dehydration is a big issue for [them],” said Ellen Bidlack, an entomologist with the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project. “They’re little, and they dry out very quickly.”
But as streams run dry, organic material accumulates in riverbeds, attracting female Culex pipiens mosquitoes looking for a place to lay their eggs, Bidlack said. That species, which spreads West Nile and is especially common in urban and heavily suburban areas, loves small pools of dirty water. This goes against nearly everything you normally hear in regards to mosquitoes. Essentially, if there is plentiful rain then the mosquito population will surge as a whole. If there’s very little rain, the Culex mosquito will thrive. Mosquito control is something which must be taken extremely serious throughout the warmer months.
The Culex mosquito is often referred to as “the common house mosquito”, but this alias hides the potential dangers of this mosquito. The Culex mosquito is undoubtedly a vector for an assortment of diseases which can be potentially fatal to humans. While the Culex mosquito isn’t a primary vector for more well-known mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever, it is a known transmitter of the West Nile Virus and encephalitis. Just because it isn’t mentioned as much as the Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito doesn’t mean the Culex mosquito is something which should be overlooked. Simply put, there’s no such thing as a “good” mosquito.
The Culex mosquito feeds primarily in the early morning hours, during dusk and into the evening. They’re not known as day biters but will gladly enter a dwelling, such as your home, and feed upon any blood meal it can reach. Essentially, the Culex mosquito is a prime candidate for biting you when you’re simply trying to relax on your deck or porch after a long day of work. At Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, we believe you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is.
That’s where Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South can help. In order to reduce the mosquito population in your yard by up to 90%, no matter which type of species we’re dealing with, all you need to do is simply contact the experts at Mosquito Squad. Our barrier application can help to protect your yard from blood sucking pests which could endanger you, your family and your pets.
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