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Posted August 18, 2017 | 5:06 PM

Fight the Bite on World Mosquito Day

5 Things to Know About Mosquitoes

August 20 marks World Mosquito Day, and we’ve got everything you need to know about these bloodsuckers – including how to keep them away from you and your home.

World Mosquito Day began in 1897 by Dr. Ronald Ross, who was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1902 for his discovery of the transmission of malaria by mosquitoes. Since then, the American Mosquito Control Association has observed World Mosquito Day annually on August 20 to increase awareness of the importance of mosquito control.

Here are five things you should know about mosquitoes in Hillsborough County:

  1. Aedes aegypti, the species of mosquito that can carry the Zika virus, can breed in containers of water as small as a bottle cap. Learn more about this urban dwelling mosquito and its habits.

  2. Hillsborough County Mosquito Control is using the latest equipment in the fight against mosquitoes. The Buffalo Turbine spray system, the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay area, can treat in two hours the same area it would take Mosquito Control staff two weeks to cover by foot.

  3. The map is mightier than the mosquito. Hillsborough County’s new high-tech Mosquito Analytics and Response mapping system uses data to find and eliminate mosquito breeding sites in real time.

  4. A mosquito’s worst enemy is free. Every Wednesday, Hillsborough County gives away FREE mosquito-eating fish at the Tropical Aquaculture Lab in Ruskin.

  5. Dump and drain! The best way to avoid setting up a mosquito bed-and-breakfast at your home is to check your yard every week and drain items that can hold water.

Photo information:Top Photo information: A new Buffalo Turbine larvacide system is targeting mosquitoes in Hillsborough County before they can become biting adults.