Mosquitoes are well known as annoying biting pests and vectors of disease-causing agents to humans and other animals. Numerous information sources discuss mosquito biology, mosquito-borne diseases, methods of personal protection, and approaches to mosquito control.Mosquitoes also are vectors (transmitters) of several viruses that can cause severe diseases.
- Still, many people lack understanding of the biology and public health importance of mosquitoes.
- The mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus typically lay their eggs in stagnant water and water-holding containers.
- Weeds, tall grass, and shrubbery provide an outdoor harborage for adult mosquitoes.
- You can reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood by eliminating places where they lay their eggs.
- Mosquito-borne diseases are a major health hazard worldwide. Some, like malaria, chronically afflict certain regions.
- Mosquitoes can be very annoying, their bites can produce itchy welts, and the bites of some species are painful to certain individuals. "Quality of life" can be reduced in areas with high numbers of biting mosquitoes.