An Overabundance of Mosquitos
Mosquitos are found throughout all of the USA, but they especially thrive in hot, humid weather. They are attracted to water of any kind – standing water, marshes, ponds, and lakes to name a few. Mosquitos need water and human blood in order to reproduce and survive. These aggravating insects are most active at night, but they like to rest during the day in tall grass, weeds, and shrubs.
Symptoms of Mosquito Bites
Being bitten by a mosquito is not new to most people. These irritating winged insects often cause annoying amounts of itching that only last a few days to a week. While most mosquito bites are nothing to be concerned about, there are times when medical attention may be necessary, as mosquitos can carry deadly diseases such as Zika and West Nile. If you experience the following symptoms, contact the Poison Control Center immediately to find out if further medical action needs to be taken.
- Large welts with swelling
- Severe pain and itching
- Pain in the surrounding muscles
- Heat on or around the bite
- Numbness or tingling
Did You Know?
There are 40 different types of mosquito species in Arizona, some of which can carry serious diseases like yellow fever.