Science Questions

Are mosquitoes a problem all over the world?

Sun, 11th May 2008

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Question

Christos Quinnol, Second Life asked:

Are mosquitoes equally bothersome all over the world or are there some areas, except the Arctic or Antarctic that get off a bit easier?

Answer

We put this question to James Logan:

There’s lots of different species of mosquitoes and they are found right across the world. Whether they’re bothersome or not: I think they are bothersome because they all bite. If they bite humans then clearly there’s a problem but in terms of diseases they don’t spread diseases everywhere. For example, in the UK we don’t currently have diseases spread by mosquitoes.

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