What You Should Know About Mosquitoes and Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes in your home can be a pain. These pests can make any outdoor event miserable; however, they are also a health risk since they spread diseases. If you are like many homeowners, you probably don’t know the full extent of this threat. So, keep reading to learn more about how mosquitoes a more frustrating than other pests and what you can do to protect yourself and your family from them:

Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Mosquitoes are disease carriers. One of the common diseases is Zika, which has been reported to cause microcephaly. Microcephaly is a scary threat because it can result in a medical condition that can change the life of an entire family. Also, the Zika virus causes other illnesses like the nervous system illness called Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS).  All it takes is a bite from a mosquito that has bitten a Zika carrier. 

Often, people get sick flu-like symptoms and do not realize they got it from a mosquito. Such symptoms can even send sufferers to hospitals. You should know that muscle aches, headaches, nausea, fever, and other flu-like symptoms can be symptoms of West Nile virus, yellow fever, dengue fever, malaria, other mosquito-borne diseases. 

Do Mosquitoes Affect your Pets?

Aside from making humans sick, mosquitoes can also make your beloved fur friends sick. Dog heartworm is a mosquito-borne disease that affects pets. This parasitic disease can lead to serious lung disease, organ damage, and heart failure. Also, it can affect cats.

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

To protect yourself, your family, and pets from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases is contact pest control experts to get rid of mosquitoes on your property. Also, you must understand the importance of your yard. Keep in mind that your yard is the front line of this fight. This is where you can have the most effect. To prevent mosquitoes on your property, minimize standing water and moisture that mosquitoes need to breed. Also, use a larvicide to treat vulnerable areas. This prevents the development of baby mosquitoes into flaying and biting adult mosquitoes. Make sure to schedule routine treatments for your landscaping to get rid of adult mosquitoes when they come to rest in your yard. When you eliminate an adult female mosquito, you can prevent at least 300 mosquitoes on your property. These treatments should be performed by a licensed professional who uses EPA-approved products and administer the products according to strict guidelines.