The worst and most irritating feeling is when you are sleeping and that sleep is interrupted by mosquitoes. You must have tried everything from coils to repellants to get rid of them, but they somehow find a way back. That is the time when we actually question their existence and wish to go somewhere where they do not exist. Well, come to Iceland, then! Yes, it is the only mosquito-free country in the world!
The Only Mosquito-Free Place In The World: Iceland
Mosquitoes are dangerous as they can carry diseases that kill over a million people annually. There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes.
But if you’re sick and tired of these annoying bloodsuckers and would prefer to live somewhere without mosquitoes, your best option is definitely to pack up your belongings and relocate to Iceland. This nation in the North Atlantic is so unique that it is completely mosquito-free.
Mosquitoes are not able to adapt to Icelandic weather, despite being able to endure temperatures as low as those of the Arctic winter. There are three significant freezes a year that stop mosquitoes from breeding in any lake in Iceland.
The water they must emerge from becomes frozen during the upcoming great freeze, even before they reach sexual maturity. Another argument holds that mosquito life is not supported by the chemical makeup of Iceland’s soil, water, or overall environment. (As per News 18)
Global Warming Might Change The Scene
According to a story published in India Today, scientific theories regarding the absence of mosquitoes suggest that the water and soil in the region have a particular chemical composition. The buzzing insects can’t seem to figure out how to survive in this environment or interpret it correctly.
When camping in Iceland, visitors and campers don’t have to worry about insects. The Arctic fox, which can be hostile toward people, is the only thing they should be concerned about. Antarctica, with the exception of Iceland, is mosquito-free.
However, several insects that were not previously endemic to Iceland have recently been spotted there due to the ongoing threat of global warming, which is gradually altering the planet’s ecosystem.
If climate change persists, entomologists believe that mosquitoes will someday be present in Iceland. The circumstances that mosquitoes cannot withstand will eventually disappear due to global warming, which has been causing temperatures to rise steadily.
Beware Of Arctic Fox
However, Iceland is also home to a number of other insect species, including lice, fleas, bedbugs, and midges, which feed on the blood of animals.
According to The Telegraph, Antarctica and Iceland are the only two locations on Earth where the bothersome pests have never established a home. Furthermore, although mosquitoes are found in New Caledonia, the Seychelles, and French Polynesia, they are not malarial because the virus needs the blood of land-based mammals, which are nonexistent in these regions.
According to Icelandtravel.is, there are no dangerous creatures of any kind found in Iceland, including bears, snakes, deadly spiders, mosquitoes, and ticks. The Arctic Fox is the only mammal that might be considered “harmful”.
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