Clint Miller Mosquito Control
  • Jul 12, 2021
Protect Your Family From The Swarms: What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Carry?

Spring and summer mean more barbeques, which means a higher risk of getting bit by mosquitoes. These pests are out all day but are more prevalent at dawn and dusk. You can use sprays and citronella, but those are not a guarantee that you won't get bitten.  The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to hire a professional mosquito control company, such as Clint Miller Exterminating, to eliminate these pests.

What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Carry?

Different types of mosquitoes carry different types of diseases. And, the more you get bitten, the higher the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease. Mosquitoes carry several diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria.

  • The West Nile virus affects people, horses and birds.
  • Chikungunya virus is more prevalent in Asia and Africa, but in 2013, the virus was found in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Dengue is a tropical disease. Though it is rarely found in the United States, over the years, there have been some outbreaks in Texas, Hawaii and Florida.
  • Malaria can be deadly but can be prevented. It is more common in Central America, South America and sub-Saharan Africa, though it can be found in the United States. Most of those with malaria in the United States caught the disease while traveling.
  • Zika virus is in many places, including the United States.

You could also contract other diseases, especially if you travel, though these are the most common. Keeping your yard clear of attractants, such as standing water and wood chips can help keep mosquitoes at bay.

If you can't seem to get rid of mosquitoes, clean up the yard, then have a professional from Clint Miller Exterminating spray the yard for these pests.

Mosquito Disease Symptoms

The symptoms for each disease vary. Some mosquito-borne diseases have mild symptoms, and others can be deadly. Mosquitoes diseases symptoms include:

  • The West Nile virus usually does not have symptoms. In some cases, people might have flu-like symptoms. However, elderly people could have more severe symptoms.
  • Chikungunya virus usually causes fever and joint pain. Some people could also suffer from headaches, swollen joints, rashes and muscle pain.
  • Dengue usually presents with a rash, nausea and / or vomiting, and aches and pains.
  • Malaria can cause fever, flu-like symptoms, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If you have a bad case of malaria, you could also become anemic and jaundiced from the loss of red blood cells. If left untreated, the disease can affect your kidneys, cause seizures, cause you to go into a coma, mental confusion, and can even be deadly.
  • Zika virus can cause fever, a rash, headache, joint pain, muscle pain and conjunctivitis.

You should avoid scratching mosquito bites – you can use topical creams to stop the itching. If you notice any of the above symptoms after being bitten by a mosquito, you should see your doctor immediately.

Contact Clint Miller Exterminating

You can also help minimize the risk of getting a mosquito-borne illness by cleaning up the yard. Make sure there is no standing water. Remove old tires, and put empty planters up. Keep wood chips away from the house, and make sure you change the water in birdbaths every other day.

Once you clean up the yard, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to spray your yard for mosquitoes.

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