With the arrival of summer, they are back too: mosquitoes. Now comes a species that already worries the experts a lot.
A mosquito (Canva)
Among the most annoying and hated insects that attack us in summer are mosquitoes. These animals have been around for millions of years, long before humans, and there are well over 2000 species, although only 400 of them bite humans.
Although when you think about it, you think they were created just to annoy us, mosquitoes have a very specific function. We are only bitten by females, which need our blood proteins to produce eggs. The males, on the other hand, go from flower to flower, indeed just like the bees, they are so-called pollinators. They also serve as food for other animals.
Unfortunately, there are also tiger mosquitoes in circulation which, compared to their common sisters, also run around during the day. Well, it looks like now we’ll have to see him with another fearsome “bloodsucker” as well.
Korean mosquitoes: impossible to get rid of. here because
In recent weeks there has been an increasingly massive presence of the so-called Korean mosquitoes, especially in northern Italy, Liguria and Trentino. It is possible that the eggs were transported by used tires, as was the case with those of the tiger.
These insects are cold hardy and therefore can also occur in the colder months compared to those of summer. They can also transmit very serious diseases. Parasitologist Marco Piombi, interviewed by La Repubblica, explained that he can carry the Japanese encephalitis virus and that of chikungunya. “We cannot exclude the hypothesis that it may have a role in maintaining, for example, possible transmission zones,” explained the researcher.
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It is not yet known whether mosquitoes only bite humans or even animals, although it seems that its preferred habitat is the mountains. “We have no idea of the potential risk of its presence. It may be harmless or risky. For now we know, for example, that it is capable of transmitting heartworms, which are known to affect dogs”, added zoologist Paolo Gabrieli to Adnkronos.