Fun Facts Continued!

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Can I or any member of my family catch West Nile from infected birds?

No

There are three known ways for humans to acquire West Nile: mosquito bites, organ transplants, and blood transfusions. It is not spread by casual contact with infected humans or animals. Remember, even though West Nile is new to North America, it has existed in Northwest Africa for decades. If human-to-human transmission from casual contact were possible, it would have been reported before now.

- - - Fun Fact for October 2017 - - -

Where do you find mosquitoes?

Many adults spend the day in shady damp areas where they can find protection from the sun while some of them will

even hide in your house. Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs in and plants to hide in so they are usually

found around water and plants. Mosquito eggs are laid on water or damp soil where the young mosquitoes grow

and develop.

Different mosquitoes prefer different kinds of water. Some use natural sources of water such as swamps or

ponds and others prefer water in swimming and wading pools, old tires, watering cans, flower pots and trash cans, to name a few.

When the young mosquito turns into an adult, it leaves the water and flies away.

- - - Fun fact for November 2017 - - -

Myth: Blood Sugar Level

A lot of the misconceptions about why mosquitoes bite exist around what’s in your blood. It makes sense, since mosquitoes do pierce the skin and suck your blood. However, looking at the scientific proof, there’s no research to support this claim. Perhaps the most common myths of why mosquitoes bite is high blood sugar levels, which often leads to the idea that your diet and lifestyle make you a target for mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are consistently mistaken for insects looking for tasty blood. However, mosquitoes are actually on the hunt for what they need to make eggs for reproduction. So rather than sugar in your blood, mosquitoes want iron and protein to help them reach their goal of creating eggs. So although it might seem like mosquitoes are always after you, most mosquitoes don’t tend to bite humans, but look to

animals instead.

- - Fun Fact for December 2017 - - -

The mosquito is nothing if not resilient. Based on fossil evidence, scientists say the current mosquito we have today is practically unchanged from 46 million years ago. That means it lived through the ice age of 2.5 million years ago—unscathed.