What Parents Need To Know About Mosquitoes
April 20, 2018
Mosquitoes are irritating pests. When they come into our yards, they can make any outside activity miserable. But itchy bites aren't the only danger mosquitoes present. Here are a few things you should know.
How Much Of A Threat Are Mosquitoes?
Not every mosquito that bites is going to spread a virus to you or your children. And when a mosquito transmits a virus, it doesn't always come with symptoms either. But that doesn't mean that we should ignore these viruses.
Malaria claims the lives of approximately 1 million people in the world every year. This is mostly in under-developed countries where living conditions and a lack of medical infrastructure make controlling this disease difficult. While mosquito-related mortality rates are low in the United States, we still battle malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, and they can lead to death or lifelong health issues.
In the United States, the viruses we commonly deal with are West Nile, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, malaria, and several forms of encephalitis. Each of these come with flu-like symptoms, and some parents mistake mosquito-borne illness for the flu. But it is important to understand that you have some control over viruses spread by mosquitoes, and you should take action to reduce exposure.
Before we talk about mosquito control, it is important to focus on one mosquito virus in particular. In recent years, we have seen the appearance of the Zika virus. This is a particularly disturbing virus because it has the ability to cause microcephaly in unborn children at every stage of development. This virus is spread by Aedes mosquitoes. In our Northern Illinois service area, we have a small population of Aedes albopictus, so the risk of an outbreak of Zika virus is extremely low here. But it is important to understand that all it takes is one mosquito and one infected individual for this virus to spread to you or your kids. Don't wait for lightning to strike. Take steps to reduce your family's exposure to mosquitoes.
Mosquito control can reduce flu-like illness for your family and protect you and your kids from other medical threats associated with mosquitoes. When a professional performs seasonal mosquito and tick treatment or installs a mosquito misting system that is pre-programmed to treat strategic locations in your yard, you're going to see fewer mosquitoes. And fewer mosquitoes means fewer bites. It is just that simple.
For more information, or to establish seasonal mosquito service for your home, reach out to Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators for immediate assistance.