Posts with the tag: "mosquito control"
Mosquito control is key in preventing Dengue and Zika mosquito borne illnesses Hawaii is currently experiencing a Dengue outbreak in the Big Island with 259 confirmed cases; additionally it is likely that Zika will become a problem in Hawaii, since we have the mosquito vectors, Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus. Both of these mosquitoes are black and white striped and can vector Zika and Dengue.
Older children and adults tend to have worse cases than young children, and sometimes serious problems can develop, which can include enlargement of the liver and failure of the circulatory system. In the worst cases, the symptoms may progress to excessive bleeding, shock, and death.
Mosquitoes have been a problem all over Hawaii since these stinging insects were introduced from bilge water carried in on whaling ships in the early 19th century. They can be found on all the islands, but the wetter the island, the more mosquitoes there are. Let's take a look at these nasty little buggers, and see if there is something we can do about them driving us crazy.