Getting ready for mosquito season

George Mbata is an entomologist on Fort Valley State's campus and knows a thing or two about mosquitoes.

"Once the weather starts warming up, that allows accelerated reproduction rates, so they develop really fast," he said, "They need the blood for maturation of the eggs, so only female mosquitoes bite."

And when they bite, they can leave pathogens behind in human blood, which can lead to diseases like the West Nile Virus and Yellow Fever.

Mbata says water has microorganisms that are a source of food for mosquitoes, making it the ideal place for them to lay eggs.

He says the best way to prevent mosquitoes is to throw away any standing water on your property

But if you have standing water that you'd like to keep, like a water fountain, he says you can fill a spray bottle with vegetable oil, and spray a thin layer on the surface.

That'll be enough to suffocate the eggs.

"In the evenings, that's when they're pretty active, and they move in a flock," said Mbata.

One of the most prevalent diseases that mosquitoes carry in the US is the West Nile Virus.

Last year, one person in Warner Robins died from the disease.

Some other ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes that could be carrying the disease is to keep your arms and legs covered, and to wear plenty of bug repellent.


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