When we think of dangerous pests, we often think about highly poisonous spiders like the black widow or the brown recluse, stinging insects like bees and wasps, or wood damaging carpenter ants and termites. In general, most people regard mosquitoes as just an annoying pest that buzzes in our ears making us swat the air like lunatics. We tend to overlook the fact that mosquitoes can be really dangerous.
So, to answer the question, “Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?” The answer is a great big yes! Throughout the world, here in the United States, and even in our local communities, mosquitoes are becoming a major public health problem. People, horses, pets, and other animals are becoming infected with diseases transmitted by mosquitoes including the West Nile virus, the Zika virus, malaria, and more. Plus, man’s best friend is at risk of canine heartworm. You can find more information regarding these and other diseases and the reports of active virus locations by visiting the Center for Disease Control website.
By understanding how transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses occurs, you need to know a few facts about these pests. The female mosquitoes are the only ones that actually bite. This is because they need a blood feast in order to breed and lay eggs. An infected female mosquito can transmit the disease to an animal or human through the saliva they inject into the skin to clot the blood for their feast. An infected animal can spread the illness to the mosquito who can then infect humans with this disease during the biting process. No one can tell if a mosquito is infected until after a victim has been bitten and becomes sick and is then tested and diagnosed with one of the illnesses or viruses. In some cases, the illnesses have been fatal. With worldwide travel becoming more and more accessible and popular to a more vast population, the risk of infectious diseases are on the rise in mosquitoes, humans, and animals.
Citronella and insect repellent can help some, but these products alone cannot even come close to reducing the health risk that mosquitoes pose. In order to enjoy your yard this summer, you will need a professional mosquito control service like the one offered by Adam’s Pest Control. Our fully licensed professionals can control about 85% of the mosquito population on your property; and we offer fast, local response and friendly service you can count on.
For more information about our mosquito services, contact Adam’s Pest Control!