Even if mosquitoes are a problem where you live, I can guarantee that there are places in the world where they are an even bigger problem. So to finish off the mosquito awareness week I figured I could tell you about the places in the world where there are a lot of mosquitoes and where they are one of the biggest problems and one of the leading causes of health issues.
Mosquitoes are insects that love the tropic climate, meaning that they love warm, humid places, where there is easy access to water, which is the biggest reason so many mosquitoes are found in countries that are in the tropics. Of course, they also can be found in virtually any place, because there are more than 3,000 species of these flying insects in the world that each have adapted to a different climate and weather conditions, but the largest population of mosquitoes will be found in humid tropical regions – in countries like Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, even Australia. Basically in most South American, African and Asian countries, where you will face with much more mosquitoes that for example in Europe or North America, even though the mosquito species are also slowly catching up to these parts of the world too.
Speaking of places with the biggest mosquito population it is a well-known fact that Africa is one of the continents where the most mosquito-borne diseases occur. But in Asia and South America, too, there are so many mosquito-borne illnesses compared to the rest of the world that it has become one of the leading causes of human death. A part of the reason, of course, is also due to the fact that many developing countries are in these regions, therefore healthcare and proper protection against insects is harder to achieve there, but the large mosquito count isn’t helping to solve this growing problem either.
Malaria is the leading disease in Africa, whereas Dengue Fever and Yellow fever hugely affects South America and Asia, as well as West Nile virus, which is a huge problem not only in Africa, South America and Asia, but also in developed countries such as Australia and the U.S. No wonder Bill Gates named mosquitoes as the single most deadly animal, because despite its size, these insects can kill by biting you once, if you are not properly protected.
On the brighter note, there are some places in the world that researchers have found to be mosquito free, although most of them have very cold and harsh climate. If you want to spend your vacation mosquito free, you can head to Antarctica or Iceland. However, if you absolutely can’t stand neither mosquitoes nor cold weather, you can visit New Caledonia, which is an archipelago in the southwest Pacific, French Polynesia, which is beautiful but very remote, or The Seychelles which too is an archipelago but sits in the Indian Ocean just off the northeast of Madagascar.
So it is up to you decide whether to go hide from the mosquitoes in one of the previously mentioned places, which all are pretty remote. Or to stay where you are and fight them with mosquito repellants, mosquito foggers, traps, light and loose, light-colored clothing.