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    How Many Mosquitoes Are There In the World?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Despite their small size and fragile bodies, mosquitoes have managed to survive on Earth for more than 30 million years. During that time, they have evolved into highly effective blood-seeking critters, capable of sensing the carbon dioxide emitted by an animal or person up to 100 feet away. There are an incredible number of different species of mosquitoes around the world.

    Types of Mosquitoes

    Globally, there are approximately 3,000 different species of mosquitoes. In North America, you could be bitten by up to 150 different species of these pesky critters. Of all the mosquito species that exist worldwide, there are 28 different genera. These are often categorized according to which particular breeding habitat the mosquito genera prefer. In the U.S., there are 13 different genera; however, most of the mosquitoes found in America belong to one of three genera. These are the Aedes, the Anopheles, and the Culex. The Aedes have particularly painful bites and they can travel up to 75 miles away from the breeding habitat. The Anopheles mosquitoes tend to prefer fresh water breeding sites. They are known to spread malaria. The Culex mosquitoes breed in standing water. These can be quite persistent in their biting habits, and their bites tend to be rather painful.

    Life Cycle of Mosquitoes

    The female mosquito lays eggs in water. After mosquitoes hatch from eggs, they go through a few different life cycles before they turn into adults. During the larva and pupa stages, the insects stay in the water. Depending on the specific species, these insects can live for up to two weeks. Most often, they die when they are eaten by spiders or birds.

    Platinum Mosquito Protection offers state-of-the-art mosquito control systems. To learn how you can keep your Miami-area home mosquito-free all year long, call us at (954) 888-9311. You can also explore our blog for more information about some of the dangerous diseases mosquitoes can carry.

    Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Light?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Mosquitoes are equipped with chemical, visual, and heat sensors to determine where their prey is. These insects have also evolved to use light from the moon and other celestial bodies to allow them to navigate. When you turn on an outdoor light at night, mosquitoes can become confused during their hunt for prey. They may try to navigate closer to the light.

    This attraction to light sources is called phototaxis. However, phototaxis does not apply to all spectrums of light. Mosquitoes prefer ultraviolet (UV) light. For this reason, it is commonly thought that yellow and red lights will repel mosquitoes. Although these lights do not necessarily act as a repellent, installing yellow or red outdoor lights also won’t attract them.

    The most effective way to keep your home free of these pesky insects is to install a mosquito control system to kill the bugs. The experts at Platinum Mosquito Protection install state-of-the-art misting systems to eliminate localized mosquito populations. Call us today at (954) 888-9311 to schedule an installation for your home in Miami, Boca Raton, Weston, or Coral Gables.

    Is Malaria a Danger In the United States?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Malaria has long been thought to be a disease of the tropical regions. In recent years, however, malaria has been re-emerging as a significant risk to U.S. populations. Travelers returning to the U.S. from tropical countries are sometimes infected with malaria after being bitten abroad. If a traveler infected with malaria is bitten by an Anopheles mosquito in the U.S., that mosquito can then bite other people, thus spreading the disease.

    Watch this video to hear about some alarming outbreaks of malaria that occurred in the U.S. recently. You’ll also hear how many people worldwide are affected—and killed—by malaria, and you’ll learn about the symptoms and progression of the disease.

    Anopheles mosquitoes live in most areas of the U.S. Protect your family from the dangers of mosquito bites by having a mosquito misting system installed. Call Platinum Mosquito Protection at (954) 888-9311 to schedule an appointment today.

    A Guide to Some of the Diseases Mosquitoes Carry

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Mosquitoes are not only irritating and itch-inducing; they also carry diseases that have the potential to make both humans and animals ill. Protect yourself and others from mosquito-borne illnesses by learning more about the diseases mosquitoes carry.

    West Nile Virus
    West Nile Virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that causes encephalitis, or brain inflammation. Though most people who are infected with West Nile Virus will have no symptoms, about 20 percent will develop a fever accompanied by other symptoms, such as headache and vomiting. Less than one percent will develop a serious neurological illness. To reduce your risk of contracting West Nile Virus, wear protective clothing, use insect repellent, and guard your home from mosquitoes.

    Malaria
    Malaria is a serious, potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness that is caused by a parasite. Though malaria has been eliminated from the United States since the 1950s, there are still 1,500 annual cases on average. Symptoms of malaria include high fever and chills. Because malaria is found in tropical and sub-tropical climates, individuals traveling to countries with these climates are often advised to take anti-malarial pills in order to prevent contracting the disease.

    Dog Heartworm
    Mosquitoes not only carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans; they also carry infections that can harm animals. When a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying heartworm larvae, the larvae, over time, grow and develop into worms. The worms may migrate to the lungs, heart, kidneys, and liver, causing mild to severe clinical symptoms.

    To protect your family and home from mosquitoes, contact Platinum Mosquito Protection at (954) 888-9311. We sell, install, and service outdoor automatic misting systems that keep your Miami area home and yard mosquito-free. Call or visit our website today to schedule a free on-site consultation and learn more about our residential misting systems.

    A Guide to Our Residential Mosquito Protection Systems

    Last updated 10 months ago

    At Platinum Mosquito Protection, we pride ourselves on offering clients safe, effective systems that eliminate or repel mosquitoes and other small insects. Our automatic spray systems use insecticides that contain Pyrethrum, a natural ingredient derived from the chrysanthemum flower, and Permethrin, a synthetic form of Pyrethrum. Mosquitoes and other small insects are killed once they come into contact with the insecticide, which is automatically released in timed intervals in the form of a mist. For a green insecticide option, we offer a product that uses Geraniol, a plant-based repellent that deters and does not knock down or kill insects.

    To learn more about our Platinum Mosquito Protection systems, give us a call at (954) 888-9311. We sell, install, and service automatic outdoor misting systems that effectively protect against mosquitoes. Call us today for more information or visit our website to schedule a free onsite consultation at your Miami area home.

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