Mosquitoes harbor bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can harm humans and pets. Each bite presents a risk of a serious infection.
Have you ever wondered why mosquitoes are considered the most dangerous animal in the world? According to the CDC, mosquitoes spread diseases such as malaria, dengue, West Nile, yellow fever, Zika, chikungunya, and lymphatic filariasis. They kill millions of people each year. So should this be cause for panic?
When mosquitoes bite, they leave behind a red itchy bump that drives many people crazy. After a few days, the itching subsides, and most people forget they even had it. However, mosquitoes carry bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can harm humans and pets.
Diseases Mosquitoes Carry
Mosquitoes are found all over the globe. There are more than 3,000 species worldwide, with approximately 176 species recognized in the U.S.
The diseases that carry are incredibly varied. Mosquitoes can carry and transmit:
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever
- Zika virus
- Lymphatic filariasis
Besides these diseases, mosquitoes can carry various parasites, such as heartworms, that can make your pets sick. While some of these diseases and parasites are more dangerous than others, it’s essential to protect yourself altogether.
How to Prevent Mosquito Bites
You can do several things to reduce the threat of mosquitoes in your yard. Here are a few suggestions:
- Get rid of standing water from your property
- Empty kiddie pools, birdbaths, and children’s toys regularly
- Clean gutters routinely and check for clogs
- Keep your lawn mowed and clear tall grass and brush
- Use mosquito-repelling plants such as citronella or catnip in your garden
The above will reduce the risk of dangerous mosquitoes that can harm your family and pets. Titan Pest & Wildlife Solutions can be an added layer of protection by working to eliminate mosquitoes from your property.
Mosquito Pest Control
With 4 locations serving Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, and St. Charles, Titan Pest & Wildlife specializes in using environmentally responsible and effective mosquito control solutions. Protecting your yard and family from mosquitoes is not a one-time event. To ensure that your property stays mosquito-free and your family stays protected, you need a plan to prevent them from invading.