World Mosquito day is basically known because of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897. On this day he discovered that female mosquitos transmit Malaria to humans and it’s not the male ones. After his observation, he suggested to call this day as World Mosquito Day!
The exciting thing is that The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine holds Mosquito Day celebrations every year, including events such as parties and exhibitions, a tradition dating back to as early as the 1930s.
No one likes Mosquitoes, as they are one of the most irritating things that suck our blood. But there are certain myths about mosquitoes that need to be cleared out so on this day we’ll make you aware about the myths and the actual facts that you should know!
1. Myth: Mosquitoes are capable of transmitting AIDS.
Fact: No. There is no scientific evidence to support the theory that mosquitoes can transmit AIDS.
2. Myth: Bats and Purple Martins are very effective at controlling mosquito populations.
Fact: Bats and Purple Martins are indiscriminate feeders and will eat any sort of insect that flies by. They don’t concentrate on mosquitoes and very rarely have any substantial effect on mosquito populations.
3. Myth: The mosquito dies after she takes a blood meal.
Fact: Mosquitos are capable of biting more than once. After the female mosquito takes a blood meal she completes the development of her eggs and may deposit up to 200 eggs. She may then seek another blood meal.
4. Myth: Both male and female mosquitoes bite.
Fact: Only the female mosquito bites. She uses the protein from the blood she takes to develop her eggs. The male mosquito feeds on nectar from flowers.
5. Myth: Mosquitoes are attracted to certain foods, colors and blood types
Fact: No, nothing that you eat affects mosquitoes all that much. Also wearing dark clothes probably won't draw mosquitoes to you either.
6. Myth: The United States is free of mosquito-borne diseases.
Fact: No matter where you go in the U.S., there are mosquitoes! Malaria is no stranger and flourishes in moderate climates.
7. Myth: Garlic will ward off mosquitoes.
Fact: there is no scientific or clinical data to suggest that garlic helps.
8. Myth: Mosquitoes only bite humans.
Fact: Not all mosquito species feed on people. Some mosquitoes specialise on other animals, and don't bother humans at all. Culiseta melanura, for example, bites birds almost exclusively, and rarely bites humans.
9. Myth: Mosquitoes will bite people regardless of their size
Fact: Mosquitoes actually do seem to prefer larger people to smaller ones. For this reason, adults are more likely to be bitten than children.
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