From Sean Dixon to Everyone: (08:50 am)
We all know that mosquitoes are annoying and their bites can cause itching, swelling, and ugly sores and welts. However, these problems fade into insignificance when compared with the real health risks mosquitoes bring. Did you know that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have donated over $2 billion to help combat mosquito disease in third world countries?
According to the World Health Organisation, over 700,000 people die every year from diseases caught from mosquitoes. It sounds crazy, but this truly means that mosquitoes are the worlds most deadly creature.
Much closer to home, cases of mosquito carried diseases are rising rapidly. As recently as March 2015, NSW Health reported that the number of cases of Ross River Fever seven times higher than for the same time the previous year. Kunjin virus, Murray Valley encephalitis, Dengue fever and Barmah Forest virus are also being reported close to home. For our pets, mosquitoes are the carriers of heart worm.
Australian health experts and medical entomologists continue to warn us that these diseases are going to become much more common and are no longer just a problem in tropical regions. So, don’t be complacent in thinking that mosquitoes are merely a nuisance. The next mozzie bite you avoid might have been the one that led to far more serious consequences than just an itchy bite.
When the Mozzie Team treat your garden you’re going to see a huge reduction in the number of mosquitoes around your home, but we still want you to take every precaution to avoid being bitten, seeing as mozzies increasingly carry serious disease. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and well into the evening – often the times you most want to be outside. Here are a few tips to help you avoid them:
Once the TickSafe Mozzie Team have treated your outdoor area for mosquitoes, there’ll be a huge reduction in mosquito numbers around your home – which also means far less will come into your home. But it’s impossible to eradicate them all despite the quality of our long lasting residual treatment and we know that even one mozzie in your bedroom at night can keep be a real nuisance, keeping you awake. So here are our tips on how to avoid mozzies in your house.
Mosquito research facility at Westmead Hospital, Sydney. Photos taken by TickSafe and The Mozzie Team at a meeting with Westmead’s medical entomology experts.