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It is well known that mosquitoes carry diseases that can be passed on to humans.  Organisms that carry viruses and diseases are known as vectors.  They present a clear and present danger to other organisms.  These blood-thirsty insects are also a carrier for diseases that can be transmitted to wildlife as well.  Which in turn can also increase the likelihood that pets can be affected and possibly transmit to humans.

Mosquito-Related Diseases

How likely is it that someone can get a disease from a mosquito depends on the mosquito and the region where the mosquitos are found.  In areas where mosquitos carry a virus about 1 in 500 are infected.  If bitten by an infected mosquito, the chance of developing an illness is about 1 in 300, according to CT.gov.  However, there is no limit to the number of mosquito bites one of the insects can inflict.

Just think about how many bites you dealt with on a warm summer evening as you enjoyed barbecue with your friends in the backyard. If a mosquito is infected with viruses, the more frequently it bites people, then the chance of becoming infected will increase.  The same is true of pets as they too can be infected with viruses carried by mosquitos.

Mosquitos have been known to cause the following illnesses in humans: Zika Virus, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue and Malaria as listed by the CDC.  Mosquitos can also transmit the following diseases to animals, according to ahdcvets.com: Heartworm disease to cats and dogs.  West Nile Virus can be transmitted to horses and birds in addition to humans.

Other diseases that are mosquito-borne include La Crosse Encephalitis, Jamestown Canyon Virus, Western Equine Encephalitis and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).  In 2019, Florida health officials reported several sentinel chickens tested positive for EEE.  Though the birds themselves are not susceptible to the disease, their infection also increases the risk of transmission to humans.

While not all of these viruses are found in the Pacific Northwest, it does show the seriousness any homeowner should take when dealing with these pests.

Creating the Perfect Environment for Mosquitos

Be aware that mosquito-borne illnesses increase in the presence of standing water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, and any other container where water has collected.  If you are near areas of standing water such as lagoons, ponds, swamps or low-lying areas that are prone to water pooling it may time to get help from All Natural Pest Elimination. Give us a call today for a free inspection at 1-877-662-8449.