Mosquitoes don’t just make you itch.
Even in the United States where mosquito-related deaths are relatively few, mosquitoes can carry deadly diseases like West Nile and Encephalitis. And while we’re not here to frighten you, we do believe it is our duty to provide you with accurate, helpful information about the diseases mosquitoes carry and how you can reduce the risk.
What We’re Up Against
There are 3000 species of mosquitoes,
and 176 of those are present in the United States.
Mosquitoes transmit 28 diseases
including West Nile, Encephalitis, Dengue & Malaria.
Mosquito-borne diseases kill more people each
year worldwide than any other single factor,
including heart disease, cancer, AIDS & car accidents.
What to Look For
Mosquito-borne diseases can be hard to detect and difficult to treat, often presenting as other more common illnesses like the flu. The links below outline mosquito-borne illnesses commonly transmitted by the mosquitoes, as well as the signs and symptoms you should look out for.
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- Japanese encephalitis
- La Crosse encephalitis
- St. Louis encephalitis
- West Nile virus
- Western equine encephalitis
- Dengue Fever
- Rift Valley Fever
- Yellow Fever
How to Reduce the Risk
Use repellent. See these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to pick the repellent that is right for you and your family.
Wear long pants and long sleeves. It is difficult for most mosquitoes to bite through clothing, so covering up is a pretty effective way to avoid getting bitten.
Stay indoors at dusk. Many mosquito species are most active at this time. There are some species, like the Asian Tiger Mosquito, that remain active in daytime hours as well.
Remove standing water from around your home. A mosquito only needs about a bottle cap worth of water to lay her eggs and establish your yard as her breeding ground. By removing areas of standing water from around your outdoor living space, you are eliminating the mosquitoes’ ability to reproduce. This handy resource will help you make sure you haven’t missed a spot!
Invest in professional mosquito control. And be sure not to settle for just a “barrier spray.” The Mosquito Authority’s exclusive REPEL+PLUS mosquito treatment includes 4 stages of control – mosquito identification, habitat elimination, larval control and adult control. This comprehensive, recurring treatment breaks the mosquito lifecycle to practically eliminate mosquitoes from your outdoor living space for the duration of the season. It’s great for kids and pets, and the service comes with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you are ever bothered by mosquitoes between treatments, all you have to do is call. We’ll come out right away to re-evaluate and re-treat your yard… free of charge.Posted by in Education, The Threat is Real