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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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Mosquitoes

Author: 
Li, Shujuan
Gouge, Dawn
Fournier, Al
Nair, Shaku
Baker, Paul
Olson, Carl
Publication Date: 
October 2013
Publication Number: 
AZ1221-2013
Pages: 
11 pp.
Abstract or Description: 
Mosquitoes are one of the most important insect pests that affect the health and wellbeing of humans and domestic animals worldwide. They can cause a variety of health problems due to their ability to transfer (vector) viruses and other disease-causing pathogens even in the arid Southwest. Female mosquitoes require a blood meal for egg production, and they can produce a painful bite as they feed. While feeding they can transmit to humans and other animals─brain inflammation (encephalitis), dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria and filariasis. The most susceptible to the effects of these mosquito-borne pathogens are children and the elderly. However, in some instances life-threatening illness and/or permanent debilitation can occur in infected human hosts of any age.
Revised 10/2013. Originally published: 2001.
Language: 
English
Publisher: 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ)
Contributor: 
Entomology
Relation: 
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Publication AZ1221
Keyword: 
mosquito
pests
IPM
Type: 
Text
Pamphlet
Subject Category: 
Insects and Pest Management
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