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Mosquitos: The Threat Hovering in Our Yards

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but also pose a serious threat to the health of kids and pets.


Here are some of the dangers associated with mosquitoes in the yard of homes:

  1. Disease transmission: Mosquitoes can carry and spread various diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue fever, and malaria. These diseases can have severe consequences for kids and pets, particularly if they have a weak immune system.

  2. Allergic reactions: Some individuals can have an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, which can cause itching, swelling, and redness. In severe cases, this reaction can be life-threatening.

  3. Anemia: Mosquitoes feed on blood and can cause anemia in pets, particularly in cats and dogs, by draining their blood supply.

  4. Developmental issues: Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting diseases that can cause developmental issues in young children, such as microcephaly.

To reduce the risk of these dangers, it's essential to take steps to reduce the mosquito population in your yard. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Drain standing water: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water, so it's important to eliminate any sources of standing water in your yard, such as bird baths, gutters, and tires.

  2. Use mosquito nets: Mosquito nets can be used to protect kids and pets while they play outside.

  3. Apply insect repellent: Insect repellent can be used to keep mosquitoes away from kids and pets.

  4. Keep lawns and gardens trimmed: Overgrown lawns and gardens provide a perfect habitat for mosquitoes, so it's important to keep these areas well-maintained.

By taking the necessary precautions, you can help keep your family, kids, and pets safe from the dangers of mosquitoes.


For more information, please see the following online references:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention/index.html

  2. World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mosquito-day

  3. American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA): https://www.mosquito.org/



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Mar 09, 2023

I HATE mosquitoes !

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Jan 30, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

very insightful - thanks!

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