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August 18, 2011 at 3:20 PMComments: 5 Faves: 0

The Most Deadly Creature on Earth

By Beryl More Blogs by This Author

The Deadly Creature

According to Bill Steffen, Chief Meteorologist at Wood TV, the mosquito is the most deadly creature on Earth, responsible for nearly 2 million deaths a year, carrying diseases from one person to another.   Just think about that statement for a minute.  We live around and are constantly subjected to “the deadliest creature on earth” every day during the summer months. 

We can be thankful for the technology and proper hygiene that allows us to control this insect.  Considering that relatively few people die in the United States each year from mosquito bites the people living in less developed countries are highly susceptible to this disease carrying insect that we consider a mere pest!

I live on a lake and my lot boarders the woods.  If I didn’t spray in the summertime for mosquitoes we would not be able to go outside.  Fortunately for approximately $65.00 I can purchase a concentrated spray that keeps my entire yard mosquito free.  I spray about every 4 weeks but more often if we have a lot of rain and warm weather.

Fun Facts

Mosquitoes flap their wings roughly 600 times a second, about 10 times faster than a hummingbird. Only the female mosquito bites.  Adult males usually live for only about a week and females for up to two weeks.  Mosquitoes are attracted to CO2 and perspiration.  There are 3,500 species of mosquito. 

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5 Comments

  • This is very interesting, we don't live by water, but our mosquitoes get so bad that we can't even sit out side and enjoy the fresh air and it is so frustrating!

  • I agree with Julie, very interesting. Thanks for posting this Beryl.

    Last night I was sitting outside just as the sun was setting and mosquitoes started attacking my feet! I had several bites before I decided to go back inside. Why do they have to be such a nuisance?

  • This is good to know, We have this spot in the grass that holds water, I think that it need more dirt there,. And there are always mosquitoes flying around. This peace of information is going to help me to be more cautious.

  • Mosquitos love me. Some people just attract them. Last year I went camping with my girlfriend and another couple. The mosquitos were thick, but manageable for everyone else. Each of them took maybe 5-10 bites that week. Despite the fact that I used more bug spray than anyone else I had well over 100 bites by the end of the week. My arms and legs were covered.

  • Another weekend from from mosquitos. I'm loving chemicals.

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