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Vampire Bats: Myths and Reality

Vampire bats are some of the most hyped up creatures in the animal kingdom. Many assumptions associated with the creature are derived from vampire movies and fictional literature. Somehow, many of us have been led to believe in world domination plan of vampire bats. They are scary creatures indeed, but not in the ways you might think. Want to distinguish fiction from reality? We, at pestwiki.com, are going to debunk some myths and uncover some realities about vampire bats.

Myth: They are Everywhere

They are not everywhere. The preferred habitats are tropical and subtropical regions. From more than 1300 species of bats, only 3 species of vampire bats exist and they are mostly found in South America. Only 1 species out of 3 is dependent on mammals’ blood. If you are not a resident of those regions, then you may never encounter them. read more

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All You Need to Know About Mosquitoes

Majority of the people when they hear of mosquitoes, their minds rings an alarm of malaria, but are you aware there are other diseases that are transmitted by mosquitoes? Are you aware that not all mosquitoes are disease carriers and transmitters? Well, we shall get an answer to these and more contentious issues about mosquitoes shortly.

Mosquitoes are pests belonging to a class of insecta and Culicidae family. There are more than 3500 species of mosquitoes.  They live in different habitats both in water and on dry land. Some of these adaptations keep mosquitoes away from humans or bring them closer.

For example, some of the mosquitoes that require salty waters and marshy environments to thrive live in the wild and are not a big threat to humans. On the other hand, those that rely on fresh water to lay their eggs on and thrive like the Anopheles are the ones people try to deal with on daily basis in their homes. However, Aedes also pose a serious threat to humans. read more