Help control mosquitoes that spread dengue
Published Date:November 2014
Corporate Authors:National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Vector-Borne Diseases.
Aside from being itchy and annoying, the bite of an infected female Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito can spread a viral infection called dengue. A female mosquito will lay hundreds of eggs in her one- month life; these eggs will grow up to become adult biting mosquitoes. Humans become infected with the dengue virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
• Mosquitoes need just a little bit of water to lay their eggs and become adults.
• The female mosquito lays her eggs on the walls of water-filled containers inside and outside the house. These eggs stick to the container like glue and will remain there until scrubbed off. The next time the water level rises to cover the eggs, they hatch and mature through larval and pupae phases before becoming adult mosquitoes, all in about a week.
• Adult mosquitoes usually live inside and outside and bite throughout the day.
• It only takes a few infected mosquitoes to produce large dengue outbreaks in the community and to put your family at risk of becoming sick.
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