Never underestimate the power of the mosquito. This bothersome insect is not just a nuisance. Because of their direct role in spreading several deadly diseases, the mosquito has notoriously earned the title of the most deadly creature in the world. Malaria, dengue fever, West Nile virus, Zika virus, and several others are spread by mosquito bites.
The World Health Organization has reported that hundreds of millions of new cases of mosquito-related illnesses occur each year, with a fatality rate in the millions. Malaria is considered endemic in 91 countries.
Although the majority of mosquito-related illnesses occur in tropical and subtropical areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared mosquito-related illnesses (along with those caused by fleas and ticks) to be on the rise in the United States. In recent years, confirmed cases have tripled in number.