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Mosquitoes Invade Alaska

Mosquito SwarmHow would you like to be caught in a swarm of ginormous mosquitoes? Well, in Alaska this is a true story.

Unbelievable Mosquito Masses

Researchers Jesse Krause and Shannan Sweet were caught in an awful swarm while researching at the Toolik Field Station on Alaska’s North Slope. Alaskan mosquitoes are notorious for their size and swarms. The mosquito is sometimes joked around as the state bird. They come in such numerous amounts that it’s unbelievable! Sweet states on video how “the whole horizon is nothing but mosquitoes.” Crazy Alaskan stuff!

Like with most insects, mosquitoes in Alaska have a season of strength. They’re most abundant in the summer from late June clear through July. That’s the worst time to be caught in shorts and a tank.

West Nile & Other Inconveniences

There are 35 species of mosquitoes in Alaska and of these 35 only 2 of them actually spread West Nile Virus in the state. The virus has not been able to take hold in higher latitudes. So Alaskans might have to deal with the angry swarms and itches, but this menacing virus doesn’t seem to pose a threat.

For the residents of the lower 48 states, the virus is much more common. West Nile Virus has been on the rise in the continental United States. More and more cases are reported each year. According to the CDC, there are 43 species of mosquito known to carry West Nile Virus.

The biggest inconvenience that these seekers present is physiological stress. Preparing for a summer, especially in Alaska, seems like quite the burden; from buying the right repellent to wearing the right clothing to not being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is all a nuisance that really should just go away.

Mosquito Tips

Getting ready for that harsh summer time, when the mosquitoes are in full bloom is definitely agitating. The following are tips that mosquito plagued areas should consider every year.

• Stock up on anti-seeker supplies. Insect repellent with lots DEET will definitely work best. Purchasing mosquito coils might also help keep them away from your home or other unwanted locations.

• Wear appropriate clothing. It’s really tempting to wear shorts and sleeveless clothing during the summer, but beware that this will give the mosquitoes a free and easy meal.

• Wear neutral colors. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.

• Don’t use scented lotions, shampoos, or perfumes. They love this.

Author Bio:  is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

Another West Nile Death in Texas

 Mosquito Alert

An 80-year old Fort Worth, TX resident died on Monday due to complications caused from West Nile Virus. It was the second confirmed fatality related to the virus in Tarrant County, which also has 159 confirmed human cases of the virus.

In nearby Dallas County, 190 human West Nile Virus cases have been reported resulting in 10 deaths. With the rising outbreak of West Nile Virus in Texas, a Dallas County Judge declared a public health emergency.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that almost 80 percent of the nation’s reported West Nile cases are from Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Mosquitoes kill more humans annually then any other animal or insect. People with compromised immune systems are most susceptible, especially the sick, young, and elderly. West Nile Virus is at its highest level since 2004.

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Symptoms of West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus actually causes two different forms of illness. The less severe illness causes flu-like symptoms with body aches, rashes, headaches, tiredness, and swollen lymph nodes. The more serious illnesses can advance dangerous neurological conditions such as encephalitis and meningitis.  Watch for muscle weakness, tremors, stupor of thought, and even convulsions.

Mosquito Control

Because mosquitoes breed so rapidly, the first line of defense against them is to kill their larva by applying a larvicide in any water on your property.  Pest control professionals agree that eliminating mosquito larvae with mosquito dunksis the most effective way to get rid of theses deadly pests. Each dunk treats up to 100 square feet of surface water, regardless of depth, and lasts for 30 days. Spraying for mosquitoes is a less effective alternative, but can be useful if done frequently. 

Preventative Measures 

Pest control professionals strongly encourage people to limit outdoor activity between the dusk and dawn hours because that’s when mosquitoes are most active. When you are outside, dress in clothing that will cover you from head-to-toe and use insect repellents containing DEET. Make sure to eliminate any stagnant water, often found in birdbaths or tire swings, because these are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Use mosquito dunks and contact a pest control professional to ask about their mosquito control options. 

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Source: Fort-Worth Telegram