Mosquito Insight and Personal Repellents
By Mike Catangui, Ph. D
Mosquitoes can transmit
disease-causing microorganisms to humans. For example, both the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) can transmit or vector the Zika virus from humans to humans (USCDC, 2016). These two mosquito species can also vector dengue, chikungunya and yellow
fever viruses. The encephalitis mosquito (Culex tarsalis) can carry and transmit the West Nile virus from birds to humans. Because a single bite from an infective mosquito can cause a mosquito-borne disease in humans, it is best to avoid all mosquito bites altogether by wearing personal mosquito repellents whenever and wherever there is a risk of being bitten by a mosquito during the entire mosquito season.