This page was updated June 2009
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ANSWER: Mosquito Larvae
Recent Rains Remind Us to Help Prevent Mosquito Breeding Sites
Historically mosquitoes are one of the most important insects encountered by man because they are vectors of human diseases such as malaria (protozoa), filariasis (nematodes), yellow fever, dengue fever, and the encephalitis viruses, including the West Nile virus. It has been estimated that half of all human deaths prior to 1950 (the dawn of miracle insecticides) resulted from mosquito-transmitted diseases.
Individuals also can help limit mosquito breeding and take precautions to prevent mosquito feeding on themselves and members of their families. Mosquitoes breed in standing water and around both rural and urban homes. These sites might include wading pools, bird baths, leaf-clogged gutters, low areas in yards and alleys, potted plants, poorly drained curbs leading to storm sewers, old tires or any other containers which will hold water.