Any pool of stagnant water, or even an area of slow-flowing water, attracts innumerable insects wishing to breed. Top among these are mosquitoes, which are well-known for transmitting serious diseases, such as malaria, dengue and West Nile virus.
Skip the standing water, then, and soldier on until you find a more reliable source of water, like a running stream.
Some of these animals, plants, and water may seem like common knowledge to you, but a few (such as the bat), I didn't even think about until now. I also had no idea that holly leaves could be medicinal whereas some berries can be toxic. For further information on what else we should avoid eating while spending time in the wild, check out How Stuff Works!
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