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While it is the common trend among us to assume certain facts about mosquitoes as well as other insects, which might cause harm to us, it is important to get a clear knowledge about to what extent, mosquitoes are harmful to us. So, instead of just slapping those little creatures, whenever you get to see them, let’s take a look at the five popular myths about mosquitoes –
- All of the species can cause diseases – There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes across the world, but only a couple of hundred are important medically. This is because most of the species don’t even bite humans; instead they prefer biting other animals like that of reptiles and amphibians. Mosquitoes which carry germs of diseases tend to belong to certain specific species. To give an instance, St. Louis encephalitis virus and West Nile virus, which are the two main threats to public health, come from the genera Culex. However, this nowhere ensures only Culex species of mosquitoes are the one that are capable of transmitting the viruses to human body. Instead, these species can be responsible for some other type of diseases, the reasons of which are not quite definite.
- Mosquitoes can’t be of any uses – Though it is usually considered that none of the species of mosquitoes can contribute to human’s health, it is not quite the fact; in fact, there are certain species that play important roles in maintaining the ecological balance. Aedes nigripes and Aedes impiger, which are two major species of mosquitoes, found mainly in Arctic Russia and Canada, gather in the form of thick clouds and act as a major source of food to all the migratory birds. Moreover, if you can go even further south, different animals like that of lizards, birds, spiders, insects, salamanders, frogs, fish etc. eat the different mosquito species regularly. Also, there are certain plants which need mosquitoes for their growth. In fact, endangered plants like monkey face orchid or blunt-leaved orchid rely on mosquitoes as their primary pollinator.
- All mosquitoes are more or less the same – This is one of the biggest myths that people tend to follow. What happens with most of us we simply miss out the differences in physical appearance of the different species, and even if we do, we consider that as to be absolutely minimal, and therefore can’t recognize the different species. But as experts have revealed, these differences are extremely significant as they cause huge differences in their behavior, in the places where they would like to live, and even in the foods that they would like to eat.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to people with high blood sugar – Though it is true that mosquitoes prefer some people over others, there are significant reasons behind that, and it has absolutely got no connection with floral scents or the level of sugar in one’s blood. As researches have revealed, different species get attracted by different reasons, and to generalize, they are attracted by lactic acid, carbon-dioxide, and certain strains of bacteria. Since some people sweat more and some exhale more CO2, mosquitoes are attracted to them accordingly.
- If it’s a dry winter, there will be lesser mosquito worries in the summer – Though mosquitoes breed in water, droughts are more disease promoting. This is because during droughts there is extreme lack of water, and the concentrated water gets dirties. As a result of this, these stagnant water sources seem to be way more appealing to all the disease-carrying mosquitoes. What is even worse, lack of water leads all the mosquitoes and birds to get crowded together and this creates a more harmful environment.