Category Archives: All Other Pests

Rainfall creates the perfect breeding conditions for the mosquito

Mosquitoes thrive in cool, dark and damp places such as rain water in discarded refrigerators, car tyres and tins, and in septic tanks/leach drains, water storage tanks, protected corners of effluent ponds and natural bodies of water.

Mosquito bites are more than merely annoying; they can result in the transmission of many serious diseases among humans and other animals. Scratching itchy mosquito bites can break the skin and lead to secondary infections.

If a mosquito takes blood from a person or animal infected with a virus, then the virus will grow inside the mosquito. If it later bites another person or animal, it may pass on some of the virus germs, and that person or animal may catch the disease.

This cycle can go on and on, infecting lots of people and animals and causing a disease outbreak with lots of sick people, and many people all over the world have died as a result of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.

Within Australia such diseases include the Ross River Virus, Murray Valley encephalitis (also called MVE), Barmah Forest virus disease, Kunjin virus disease, and an increasing number of cases of Dengue fever in Queensland.

Shoo, Fly, Don’t Bother Me

When flies land on things like food scraps, manure, faeces or dead animals they pick up disease-carrying germs and germs. The germs are carried on their hairy bodies and legs and in their stomachs.

Those same flies land on you and your family; on food, cups, knives and plates, spreading those same germs and particles.

When you eat that food or use these articles when eating food, you become sick.

Germs from a fly’s legs and body, and stomach get onto food while it is eating, and some of these germs will be left behind on the food after the fly has gone.

Diseases caused by germs and parasites from flies include bacterial diseases, salmonellosis, shigellosis, trachoma, viral diseases and hepatitis A.

Should you have any cuts and sores on your body, disease-carrying flies can land on them and cause them to become infected.

Flies can also carry a germ which causes the serious eye disease trachoma.

As flies are attracted to the salt in the tears (moisture) from people’s eyes and can pass on germs which cause other kinds of eye infections, such as pus eyes.

 

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