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The buzz of a mosquito is an unpleasant reminder that summer fun comes with a pesky price. If you want to protect yourself and your family from itchy bites this summer, you need to know the truth about mosquitos—after all, understanding the problem is the first step toward effective mosquito control. Here is the truth behind some of the most common mosquito myths:

Mosquitos Transmit HIV

According to scientists from Rutgers University, mosquitos cannot transmit HIV from human to human. When biting a person infected with HIV, mosquitos do not ingest enough particles of the virus to infect another human, and they also digest the virus, breaking it down to where it cannot be transmitted to anyone else the mosquito bites.

Mosquitos Are Harmless

Just because mosquitos are not responsible for the transmission of the HIV virus doesn’t mean that they are harmless. In fact, mosquitos are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal on the planet. The list of mosquito-borne diseases includes encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

Citronella Candles Effectively Repel Mosquitos

Traditional citronella candles only repel mosquitos up to one foot away. If you’re looking for an area repellent that will keep your guests protected during a backyard barbecue, contact a professional mosquito control company to learn about highly-effective mosquito misting systems.

Wearing the Color Yellow Attracts Mosquitos

Mosquitos can’t see color, but they can pick up on shades of grey. Mosquitos will generally look for darker colors, so wearing a light color like yellow will actually help keep them away. Yet no matter what you wear, a mosquito misting system is still the best form of residential mosquito repellent available.

For the most effective mosquito control in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami Beach and Boca Raton areas, contact Platinum Mosquito Protection. We sell, install, and service outdoor automatic misting systems that protect against mosquitos and other biting insects. For additional information about our mosquito misting systems, contact us online or dial 954-888-9311.

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