It may be a bit of a morbid take, but it is quite interesting and altogether bizarre that one of the deadliest creatures in the world is so, so tiny. And incredibly annoying.

Every year, when North Dakota sheds its winter coat as the warmer months roll in, this creature returns like a B-movie Dracula flick to suck some blood.

Of course, we're talking about mosquitoes. Sure, it's pretty cold now in most of North Dakota, but warm weather will be here before you know it. Once the temperatures consistently stay above 50 degrees, these suckers come back to ruin your day.

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While many people wave off mosquitoes as nuisances, the fact is that they are stone-cold killers. According to the CDC, mosquitoes kill more people around the world than any other creature on the planet. The diseases they can carry are well documented to bring about agonizing sickness and painful deaths.

Being prepared to deal with mosquitoes is a must, no matter where you live in the continental United States. Luckily, Mosquito Magnet has a handy infographic on its website that details just when mosquitoes will return throughout the country, including North Dakota.

Multiple mosquito revivals are likely to occur in North Dakota because of its ideal location. Mosquitoes seem to linger around forever, and they'll be back for most of the state in early April.

Keeping them at arm's length is far more difficult than knowing when they'll return. Mosquitoes love standing water as a breeding site; therefore, it's important to keep any standing water away from your home. One more thing you can do to keep the bloodsuckers at bay is to fix broken window screens and clean the gutters.

When you're out in nature, don't forget to bring insect repellent. In addition to protecting you and your skin from annoying bugs, "OFF" and "DEET" insect repellents are effective.


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