Essay on The Silent Killer
It’s small, quick and hungry. It weights less than an ounce, and is about ⅛ inch to ¾ inch long (Mosquito, 2015). There are over 3,500 different species around the world (Mosquito Facts-33, 2014). This creature travels throughout the globe sucking blood from thousands of innocent people and leaving behind welts and taking lives. What is the most dangerous animal in the world? The mosquito. The mosquito can live in many types of environments, reproduce quickly, and can bite you unexpectedly. By educating ourselves about mosquitoes, we can learn about all the diseases they carry and how to prevent and treat these diseases. This knowledge could end up saving your life.
Mosquitos have been around for around 100 million years and live all around the world. You can find mosquitos in every continent except Antarctica. Since mosquitoes are not built to withstand the cold conditions that snow brings, many mosquitoes cannot live in cold places. In places like Michigan where we have four seasons, mosquitoes tend to come out during the summer months. During the winter months, the cold blooded mosquito tries to find shelter or hibernates instead of facing the winter ahead. Therefore, mosquitoes choose to hibernate, otherwise they would die after hatching their eggs. In certain cases, the female mosquito might hatch her eggs before she dies and the embryo itself will go into hibernation until the temperatures increase (Mosquitoes Frequently, 2014).
Despite the changing…