Mosquitoes need stagnant water. Once their eggs are laid, these eggs clump together and float on the surface of water.

Only female mosquitoes bite!

Some mosquito-borne diseases include things like:

  • Encephalitis viral strains, such as St. Louis, Western Equine, and LaCrosse strains. Encephalitis can cause brain inflammation and can be deadly.
  • West Nile Virus, which can cause headaches, fatigue, and rashes that can last a week. In severe cases, West Nile Virus can lead to an encephalitis strain that affects the spinal cord.
  • Chikungunya, which is a viral disease that can cause severe joint pain, muscle pain, fever, nausea, and fatigue.
  • Yellow fever, which is rare but has seen cases in the U.S. This virus can cause liver damage and be fatal.

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