As if the infamous “murder hornets” infestation wasn’t enough alarming news, a new addition to the countless mosquito species has arrived in North America. The Aedes vittatus mosquito was recently discovered in the Western hemisphere, and the effects could be devastating.
Learn everything you need to know about this new mosquito species and prevent them from harming you with a mosquito fogger:
What Is It
In the 1800s, the Aedes vittatus mosquito was discovered in Corsica, Europe. Like many other mosquitoes, this species is known to carry parasites and pathogens that are harmful to humans. Aedes vittatus is capable of carrying nearly all of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases, except for malaria. Diseases such as West Nile virus, chikungunya, Zika, dengue, yellow fever, and many others could be present. Additionally, they are known for biting their hosts during the day, increasing the likelihood of humans becoming victims.
The first detection of this mosquito traveling to the other side of the world occurred in June of 2019. There were reports of Aedes vittatus trapped on the United States naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Witnesses who identified the trapped mosquito described it as, “Proboscis dark with median spattering of pale yellowish scales. Wing: Scales mainly dark and narrow on all veins. Abdomen with a large median white spot.”
Researchers say that the first specimens likely traveled West as eggs on shipping containers or aircraft. With climate change shortening winters in North America, these mosquitoes are given better chances to breed more rapidly in a single season, increasing the chances of spreading disease.
Even with a great deal of preventive treatment, these mosquitoes continued to spread. Throughout 2020, researchers identified more Aedes vittatus in and around the original detection spot, meaning they are spreading and inflicting chaos to various areas across the Caribbean and into the United States.
How To Fight It
Although the news of Aedes vittatus reaching North America is alarming, fortunately, there are ways to eliminate exposure and risk. Prevent infestation and avoid exposing yourself to deadly diseases with these steps:
- Mosquitoes will begin to breed in stagnant water and lay their eggs. Not long after, these eggs will hatch and become larvae, and eventually pupa.
- Pay attention to water-collecting areas around the yard. Dump out and clean dog bowls, bird baths, gutters, gardening pots, and other areas where water gathers.
- Avoid collecting junk in your yard and maintain a trimming schedule for your landscape.
- Be proactive by applying pesticides around your area for treatment and prevention. Motorized backpack mosquito foggers are the easiest and most effective way to fight off mosquitoes and their eggs. Whether you need indoor or outdoor application, these mosquito foggers will efficiently ward off mosquitoes and save you from contracting harmful illnesses.
Mosquito control is more than just avoiding itchy bites. Mosquito-borne illnesses kill more than 1 million people and infect nearly 700 million each year. That is nearly 1 out of every 10 people on Earth. Prepare your environment and community from coming in contact with Aedes vittatus with the right prevention steps and mosquito fogger before it’s too late.
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