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Four Movies About Monster Mosquitos

Mosquitos are more than disgusting critters – they can be dangerous too. According to the silver screen, mosquitos aren’t just cause for worry because of West Nile Virus – they are also deadly, vengeful killers when they grow big enough! Killer insects have long been a popular theme in Hollywood B-flicks, and mosquitos are no exception. Below is a list of four movies starring killer mosquitos that are sure to make your skin itch!

1. Mansquito

Mansquito

Mansquito (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 

Also known as Mosquito Man, this 2005 flick follows the story of a convicted murderer who mutates into a disgusting half-man, half-mosquito after a DNA experiment with a hot babe scientist goes bad. The “mansquito” goes on a killing spree which leaves his victims drained of blood, and soon the gorgeous scientist finds herself transforming into a mutant mosquito as well! But can the scientists’ boyfriend-the-cop stop them before it’s too late?

2. Mosquito

Blood Fever

Blood Fever (Photo credit: Wikipedia) 

When an alien spaceship crashes into a swamp in the middle of a national park, mosquitos mutate into the size of vultures after feeding on the alien corpses. These new, humongous, mutant mosquitos are hungry – very hungry – and start feeding on every human being they come across. Also known as Blood Fever, this flick was released in 1995 with the tagline “Million years of evolution have just become mankind’s worse nightmare.” It is unintentionally hilarious, and definitely worth a watch if you enjoy movies that are so bad, they’re good.

3. Skeeter

Skeeter (1993)

Illegal toxic waste dumping in a desert town results in a swarm of deadly, mutant mosquitos – very rubbery looking, bat-sized mosquitos that are intent on draining the locals of all their blood! Starring Tracy Griffith, Jim Youngs, and Charles Napier, this straight-to-video flick was released in 1993 and is billed as a horrifying sci-fi thriller.

4. Sucker

Sucker Movie

Source: scifi-movies.com 

Sucker is another film about a man being unintentionally mutated into half-man, half-mosquito and suddenly being hell-bent on revenge. The main character in this flick worked for years at a nuclear power plant, and when he’s abducted by an evil scientist who wants to test a vaccine against a deadly mosquito virus, the rabid mosquito DNA fuses with his own and he transforms into a blood-thirsty mutant. Released in 2013, this film is the most recent in monster mosquito flicks.

As you can see, mosquitos are more than disease-carrying bloodsuckers – they’re literal killers, too – at least in the cinema, anyway. Whether it’s men being mutated into half-human/half-mosquito or gigantic alien bloodsuckers, mosquitos are truly horrifying on screen and off. In fact, it’s best to call a pest control professional if you see any of these bloodsuckers buzzing around, just to be safe – you don’t want them mutating into monstrous killers, after all!

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a New Jersey pest control company. He used to enjoy horror flicks, including cheesy B films, when he was young but no longer has a stomach for them.

Published by Thomas Ballantyne

Top 5 Pests That Will Fit in a Bread Box

Sometimes big things come in small packages – and unfortunately, this applies to poisonous pests. Some of the world’s poisonous animals are small enough to fit in a bread box (although you might want to wrap a chain around it if you ever actually got these creatures inside!) Below we’ll discuss the top five poisonous pests that can fit in a bread box.

Sea Wasp

Sea Wasp

Ever hear of the sea wasp? No? Well, don’t let its name fool you – this critter is actually not a wasp, but a jelly fish, although both creatures deliver painful stings. The sea wasp lives in the Indo-Pacific region, and while its body (or bell) only grows to be about 10 – 12 inches (or 25 – 30 cm,) its tentacles would have to be folded in order to fit this guy into your breadbox. The sea wasp delivers a very painful, very dangerous sting, that can easily kill a person, with its venom paralyzing the victim’s heart in approximately 30 seconds. Victims have actually died from shock or heart failure before reaching shore after being stung by sea wasps. Its translucent skin makes it difficult to see, putting swimmers at risk.

Cone Shell

Cone Shell

Even if you’re a hard core sea shell collector, you will probably want to pass on the cone shell. The cone shell is actually a marine snail that lurks in the Indo-Pacific region. They can grow to be as large as 6 inches (or 15 cm) long, and are a force to be reckoned with. The cone shell is extremely toxic, delivering venom through a dart similar that resembles a harpoon, which in turn causes pain, dizziness, numbness, and paralysis. If you’re still not convinced that this “sea shell” is dangerous, take this into consideration: the venom from one sting is potent enough to kill several people. Fatalities may be rare, but there is no anti-venom, rendering the cone shell extremely deadly.

Mosquito

mosquito

Mosquitoes are in overabundance if you live in warm climates. While most mosquito bites aren’t deadly, they are known to transmit diseases that can be – such as yellow fever, malaria, filariasis, dengue, West Nile virus, meningitis, and even HIV. If a mosquito is infected with parasites , they can transfer their diseases to your blood by biting you.

Poison Frog

Poison frog

Poison frogs may be tiny – measuring from half an inch to two and a half inches – but their skin sure is deadly. These frogs prefer to dwell in the tropical areas of Central and Southern America, and their brightly colored skin can be extremely potent – so if you ever encounter one, be sure not to pop it into your mouth!

Tsetse Fly

Tsetse Fly

The Tsetse fly from Africa measures less than an inch long, but this blood sucker is known to wreak havoc on those who encounter it. Its blade-like mandibles pierce the skin on humans and other animals, and can pass on parasites that it’s been infected with – including the “sleeping sickness.” Symptoms include drowsiness, fever, and swelling of the lymph nodes. The sleeping sickness can be fatal if not treated.

So there you have it – 5 poisonous pests that can fit in your breadbox. These creatures may be small, but they are certainly deadly – and you might just want to bury your breadbox if you ever capture any of these in it!

About the author: Chris is a blogger for a Virginia Beach pest control company. He enjoys writing about the quirkier side of the pest control business with fun and interesting things about insects.

Top 5 Bugs That Carry Diseases

When you think of insects, you probably automatically think of diseases. Not all insects spread diseases, but the ones that do are definitely something to worry about. While some bugs do good things for the environment, like fertilize soil and pollinate plants, their disease-ridden counterparts spread harm and to humans and animals alike. But which bugs are the most dangerous? Below we’ll take a look at the top five nastiest insects that you’ll want to steer clear of.

Mosquitoes

Sucking Mosquito

Mosquitoes have probably been the bane of human existence since the dawn of man. Although mosquitoes are deadlier in underdeveloped countries where diseases are more rampant, they can be equally as dangerous in the U.S., where they have been known to spread West Nile Virus. The most commonly disease spread by mosquitoes is malaria, which is responsible for the death of tens of thousands each year. Mosquitoes also spread Yellow Fever and Dengue Fever.

To evade mosquitoes, make sure there is no standing water in your yard, employ the use of bug spray and citronella candles, and if all else fails, invest in a bug zapper.

Cockroaches

German Roach

Cockroaches are disgusting in their own right, living for years in inhospitable environments such as landfills and sewer systems. It is said that cockroaches would withstand a nuclear holocaust, a belief that has good reasoning behind it; they can survive almost anything, including an entire week without a head. These pests have roamed the earth since the days of the dinosaurs, and thousands of species exist, although only four species dwell in houses.  Cockroaches are filthy creatures that spread bacteria, being that they love to feast on things such as feces, trash, and refuse. In fact, more than 30 bacterial strains have been isolated in cockroach species; most of these bacteria will only cause an upset stomach if you become infected, although some can cause leprosy and typhoid. Pest control professionals are usually required to rid your home of a cockroach infestation.

Ticks

Wood Tick On Skin

Ticks may be small, but they’re not to be taken lightly; these pesky little guys are notorious for spreading diseases, especially in rural areas. Ticks typically live in highly vegetated areas, like woods and yards. There are actually over 100 species of ticks, and nearly all of them have a reputation for biting humans. Since ticks feed off of blood, it makes it fairly easy for them to transfer diseases directly into the bloodstream of their victim. Ticks are well-known for carrying diseases such as Encephalitis, Typhus Fever, and Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common illness caused by tick bites, and can have lifelong effects on the body. Lyme disease symptoms include nausea, irritability, and confusion. It’s vital that you always use bug spray and do a thorough check of your hair, body, and clothing when frolicking through the woods.

Fleas

Flea

Fleas are more than just a nuisance; they were responsible for several generations of plague. Millions of people died after flea-bitten rats carried the plague to populated areas. Fleas are still fully capable of carrying – and effectively spreading – diseases easily. If your dog or cat has fleas, be sure to take measures to get rid of the parasites. If your house has become infected with fleas, the easiest way to get rid of them is to call a pest control professional.

Flies

Fly Up Close

Flies are disgusting creatures. They feed and lay their eggs on feces and garbage, then tap-dance all over your food if you let them. Flies also regurgitate their stomach contents onto food in order to liquefy and slurp it up. Really, flies are not a pest that you want to contend with. Flyswatters, bug spray, and bug zappers are a good way to deal with these disease-spreading pests. It’s also important to remember to keep all food items covered or tightly sealed prior to eating.

Mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, fleas, and flies are just a few bugs that carry diseases. It’s always important to take measures of precautions when dealing with insects, especially ones that bite. Bug spray can really your best friend, especially during the warm summer months when bugs roam rampant. If you’re planning on spending a substantial amount of time outdoors this summer, make sure to protect yourself from bug bites that could infect you with diseases.

Author Bio: Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.

Step Up Your Game In The War Against Pests

It’s bad enough when your partner invites some friends over to your home and you don’t really like them. You can pop out until they have left, or just hide away for a few hours in your bedroom. But what happens when the guests are uninvited, and you both can’t stand them? And these nuisances seem to show up every day without any warning? We are talking about garden and household pests, the ones that love to make our life a thing of misery. No matter how much you try to wipe them out, they always come back for more. This article takes a look at some of the more clever weapons we have at our disposal, thanks to a few clever people. See if you like the sound of them and perhaps your uninvited guests will get a big shock the next time they sneak in under the radar!

Solar Mole Repeller – $10

There are a few misguided people out there who think that moles are cute and fluffy little cuties. These individuals have obviously never had their immaculate lawn turned into a quagmire thanks to those critters. Moles are very sneaky little fellows who will stop at nothing to get to their wormy feasts. If you are at the end of your tether, maybe you should get yourself one of these cools gadgets. This device is totally powered by the sun and does a really good job at keeping those toothy nuisances at bay. It will not harm the moles but emits a sonic pulse that really keeps them far away from your precious lawn and garden. The sonic pulses are pushed out every 20 seconds and reach around 100 square meters. The frequency is 300Hz and reaches deep enough to deter even the most cunning of rodents. You may need a few of these if your garden is on the large side, but the price tag is pretty low. We love this gadget and we think your moles will soon be packing their bags!

Plug In Bug Killer With Nigh Light – $20

If you live in a warmer climate, you probably have mosquitoes at the top of your ‘most hated’ insect list. They buzz around your head just as you are about to drop off to sleep, and when you wake up, you have loads of itchy bite marks all over your poor body. As well as being annoying, these pests can pass on some nasty little diseases. They don’t play by the rules, so why should we? This neat little product will definitely tip the scales back in your favour, it’s time for payback! The Plug In Bug Killer uses the night light to bring the flying nightmares into the trap. It will also attract moths and normal house flies, and it has treats in store for all of your overnight occupants! As soon as they get within a few inches, they are wiped out with a nice but lethal dose of the bug killer. You get a good night’s sleep and wake up to a insect funeral pyre! A cool gadget that your skin will soon love you for!

Pests 0 Humans 2

We think that these two gadgets are a few steps closer to that pest free home, just ensure that your household appreciates the effort you are making on their behalf!

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Today’s featured writer, Kevin Ben, works for one of the leading pest control companies in Alberta.  He’s a nature lover and an ardent environmentalist.