Human Population Growth Means Mosquito Population Growth first appeared on the Backyard Bug Patrol blog.
It has been presumed that climate change is the reason why the mosquito population has rapidly grown in size over the past 50 years, however it’s more likely that the growth in human population may be the cause. With more of us inhabiting the planet, it gives these disease spreading pests a higher concentration of food source.
Disease-spreading mosquitoes are rapidly multiplying in the US—and surprisingly it doesn’t appear to have anything to do with climate change.
Mosquito populations in New York, New Jersey, and California have increased as much as tenfold in the past 50 years, and the number of mosquitoes in those places has as much as quadrupled, according to a press release.
This is bad news areas of high population because those mosquitoes that like to bite humans will be making themselves comfortable in this type of habit, which ultimately, leads to further spread of mosquito borne diseases.
California’s mosquito population has increased tenfold over the last five decades. Now, like the researchers, your thoughts may immediately turn to climate change and warming temperatures as the cause, but that’s not what scientists found.
So it’s not just if you venture out into areas where you would usually protect yourself from these pests. You need to make sure you’re using repellent when you’re in areas of high population too. Nowhere is safe from these killer bugs, so let’s all do our bit in the fight against mosquitoes.