The Most Deadly Creature on Earth
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.
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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