The Female Mosquito
What is the most dangerous insect in the world? Well, without a doubt, it is the mosquito. Generally, mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit have been proven to have caused millions of deaths across the world. Today, the mosquitoes that transmit malaria infect over 800,000 and cause about 400,000 deaths every year across the world.
Furthermore, millions of people are killed and affected by several other mosquito-related diseases, such as yellow fever, filariasis, encephalitis and dengue.
But for a large population of first world countries, malaria is a disease that mainly affects the third world countries. Basically, the truth of the matter is that almost half of the world population is at high risk of contracting the disease.
Residents of Europe and America aren’t immune to malaria. The disease has happened in these continents, and up till now happens in rare circumstances. The mosquitoes that carry and transmit the disease are still prevalent in most parts of the world.
Do All Mosquitoes Transmit Malaria?
Well, not all mosquitoes transmit the disease. It is only a specific species of the mosquitoes known as the Anopheles genus – and only the female species that transmit malaria. Basically, a one-celled parasite known as Plasmodium causes malaria.
Ordinarily, the female anopheles mosquito gets the parasite when it bites an infected person to get the blood required for nurturing eggs. Whenever the mosquito bites again, it passes the parasites contained in the salivary gland into the individual being bitten.
The World’s Most Effective Killer
The female mosquito is among the most persistent stalkers globally, where it uses a needle-like and tiny proboscis to suck blood from its victim. It sips blood primarily from humans and typically lives in the surrounding areas. In fact, it lays eggs on used flowerpots and tyres, as well as bottle caps.
While there are thousands of species of mosquitoes across the world, only a handful have proved more deadly or more resilient to humans than the female mosquitoes. Perhaps, you are aware that these mosquitoes have caused many pandemics across the world.
Notably, malaria is more cunning than other epidemics worldwide. Around the 1890s, the female mosquito caused a global pandemic, yellow fever, which even led to a halt of the French’s Panama Canal construction. The deadly pandemic also spread fast through Europe, America, Asia, and the other continents. Even today, the female mosquito infects around 20 million individuals across the world with dengue fever every year.
What makes the Female Mosquito an Efficient Disease Carrier and Daunting Enemy?
The ability of the mosquito to be an effective disease transmitter is partly due to its capability to adapt and biology. In reality, the species of the mosquitoes found in areas that host more than half of the world’s inhabitants has adjusted to living in these areas where the inhabitants congregate. It is essential to note that these insects prefer thriving in urban and dense regions where there are open trash containers. Generally, the mosquitoes can comfortably breed in the smallest and unimaginable section of your house.
You may be shocked to realise that the insect’s larvae do not essentially require water to survive. Another shocker is that the eggs only hatch when submerged into water, and they can stay dormant for a year or even more. The mosquito is one of those insects, just like the rodents and cockroaches, that have adjusted over the years to take advantage of the changes in habitation and human behaviour. As the WHO (World Health Organisation) denotes, the mosquitoes reside in areas where folks live in closeness.
All in all, the female mosquito is the only one that bites. Moreover, after every meal, it can lay between 100 and 200 eggs and can produce several egg batches throughout its lifetime.
Looking For a Safe and Inexpensive Solution?
Now, if you require insecticides that eliminate mosquitoes around your homestead, look no further. At Vectorcide, we have taken extensive research and development into creating products to help eliminate mosquitoes which contain safer solutions that are not harmful to humans and animals and would not harm anyone else including animals and people.
Mosquitos typically breed around stagnant water, so we have formulated granules which are activated once it touches the surface of the water. In doing so, the granules target the larvae preventing their growth using a hormone growth inhibitor, so they never leave the water and therefore never become a flying, biting insect. This minimises the birth of mosquitoes lessening disease cases and significantly reducing the cases of malaria and even the yellow fever dengue if you live in Asia.
If you’re looking for a solution for your home or office, then we also have you covered. We have created a paint like coating which you apply onto your ceiling which when the mosquito lands onto it, the nano-capsules within the coating would penetrate the exoskeleton and affect it so severely, it would fly off to die within minutes. Thus, it is prevented from biting its prey. This coating is used by many within the public health and health care industry and contains a WHO approved active ingredient.