The world's most deadly animal is about to make an appearance in Central New York. And it's probably not what you think.

This creature kills nearly one million people every year, far more than the #2 leading killer - humans. And they're everywhere, especially in the spring and summer.

It's not sharks off the coast or even bears that will soon be coming out of hiberation in the Adirondacks. It's much, much smaller than that.

A Black Bear is looking out of a Forest in Canada

Deadly Mosquito

It's the dreaded mosquito.

There are over 3,000 different species in the world. 70 of them can be found in New York and many carry all sorts of diseases. From West Nile Virus and malaria to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare but serious disease that causes inflammation of the brain.

Read More: Mosquito Carrying Deadly Brain Inflammation Virus Found in CNY

The mosquito kills more people than any other creature in the world.

Ildar Abulkhanov
Ildar Abulkhanov

Protect Yourself

The New York Health Department offers tips to protect yourself and avoid being bitten.

  • Cover up as much as possible. Wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Spray up with mosquito repellent.
  • Stay in during sunrise, sunset, and early in the evening.
  • Close doors and make sure open windows have screens on them.

Read More: 4 Colors That'll Keep Mosquitos Away In Upstate NY For 2023

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Mario Villafuerte/Gettyimages

Remove Standing Water

It is extremely important to remove mosquito breeding grounds on your property by eliminating any standing water.

  • Throw away containers that hold water
  • Remove all tires from your property
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers
  • Clean clogged rain gutters
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and wading pools when not in use
  • Change water in birdbaths at least every four days
  • Clear vegetation and debris from the edges of ponds
  • Clean chlorinated swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs
  • Drain water from pool covers
  • Use landscaping to eliminate low spots where standing water accumulates

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Gallery Credit: Credit - Polly McAdams


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