Mosquitoes are found in every state on every continent except Antarctica. 2012 has been a very good year for the bug because there really wasn’t a snowy winter this year. So, the experts at Rockefeller University Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior in New York City are trying to find out exactly why and how mosquitoes hunt for humans.
Because of the mild winter in the northeast this winter there are a lot of predictions that came true this year that there will be a high population of mosquitoes and with that comes more diseases being transmitted. They are mobile needles full of diseases at your service delivered right to your blood stream no charge.
The researchers have developed a respect for the tiny insect and so has the CDC the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency was created in 1946 to fight Malaria and while Malaria has all been wiped out in the United States, there has been reported more than 700 cases of the West Nile Virus for last year alone. So, in places like Fairfax County in Virginia, outside Washington DC, they keep a close eye on mosquito traps.
There they have a dozen air crafts that cover the 1,200 square mile county spraying mosquito larvae that is there wherever there is standing water.
In Florida where the insects naturally thrive it is about more than public health. It is about promoting tourism. If they can get the mosquito population way down the tourist season goes from 2 months a year to 12 months a year. Bottom line, protect yourself and empty any standing water around you unless you like living dangerously.