Help control mosquitoes that spread dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika viruses
Published Date:August 2015
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 mosquito (Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus) can spread dengue, chikungunya, or Zika viruses. People become infected with dengue, chikungunya, or Zika after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
• Female mosquitoes lay several hundred eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. Eggs stick to containers like glue and remain attached until they are scrubbed off. When water covers the eggs, they hatch and become adults in about a week.
• Adult mosquitoes live inside and outside.
• They prefer to bite during the day.
• A few infected mosquitoes can produce large outbreaks in a community and put your family at risk of becoming sick.
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