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May 5, 2014
When you think about the world’s deadliest animals, your mind is likely to call up images of great white sharks, lions, and tigers. Maybe you’ll consider poisonous snakes or even alligators. Rabid dogs? All of these animals pose a threat to humans, but their danger-level pales in comparison to a tiny long-nosed bug with flapping wings - the mosquito.
Bill Gates is on a mission to raise awareness about this warm weather pest. As he points out in his blog post about the deadly mosquito, although exciting predators such as sharks tend to get more media attention, mosquitoes are significantly more dangerous due to the terrible diseases they transmit. By the numbers, mosquitoes are by far the world’s deadliest creatures, killing 725,000 people a year by infecting them with diseases such as malaria and the West Nile Virus.
Because these pests pose such a threat to global health, Bill Gates has dedicated a week to educating all of us about them. In his blog, he explores what it’s like to have malaria and how to outsmart mosquitoes. He understands that mosquitoes are much more than itch-inducing nuisances - they’re deadly killers.
Take a look at this eye-opening infographic from Gates:
So what’s a person to do? While bug spray and citronella candles can certainly help at the height of summer, there are things you can do right now to make your home and yard less inviting to mosquitoes come June and July. Simple actions like eliminating sources of standing water in your yard and keeping your grass cut short in the spring can pay dividends in the summer months. Read our blog post, Ten Ways to Fight Mosquitoes This Summer, to learn proactive ways you can make these pests buzz off.