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Don’t Underestimate the Presence of Mosquito-Related Diseases!

mosquito on handWhen the National Pest Management Association surveyed individuals about mosquito prevention and the diseases that the pests transmit in July 2015, they found that 78 percent of the participants were aware of the presence of the West Nile virus in North America, but less than 10 percent had knowledge regarding the other disease that they transmit in the country. Oregon and Washington pest control experts urge the public to practice mosquito control and gain knowledge about the diseases that they spread.

Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

In the U.S., the most common mosquito-borne illnesses include the West-Nile virus, dengue and chikungunya. Infected mosquitoes transmit the diseases through their bites. According to the World Health Organization, dengue and chikungunya present with similar symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain, body aches, lethargy and nausea. 

The West Nile virus may be more difficult to detect because up to 80 percent of those infected are asymptomatic. The WHO states that when symptoms are present, they include body aches, headache, fever, vomiting and swollen lymph glands. The West Nile virus is a neuroinvasive disease and may also cause neck stiffness, headaches, stupor, tremors, convulsions and muscle weakness.

The joint pain that all three vector-borne diseases cause can be debilitating to healthy individuals who contract them. The elderly, young children and those with compromised immune systems are more susceptible to the more serious symptoms of the disease.

Mosquito Prevention Tips

  • Avoid having standing water around your property, such as in tarps that collected rain water, water features with broken pumps or inside tires.
  • Use screens on all doors and windows.
  • Refresh the water in birdbaths regularly.
  • Cover pools and spas when they’re not in use.
  • Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, particularly at dawn and dusk.
  • Use a mosquito repellant with DEET when you’re outside during mosquito season.
  • Plant mosquito-repelling herbs and flowers around the perimeter of your home.
  • Keep your gutters clean and free of debris.

Mosquito pest control is vital to your health. For assistance with your mosquito prevention and control efforts, contact Eden about our Advance Mosquito Control program. Our Washington and Oregon pest control specialists are happy to inspect and treat your property for diseases. We also offer neighborhood programs that promote healthy, pest-free communities. Call Eden today to learn more.

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