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What Diseases Do Mosquitos Carry?

September 27, 2019

Mosquito infestations on your property are annoying, and they can cause real harm. In addition to being pesky and leaving itchy bites, these winged critters may cause potentially serious health problems. Below, you’ll find a helpful pest control guide to the various diseases you can contract from mosquitos.

5 Types of Mosquito-Borne Diseases

  1. Malaria

Malaria is one of the most widespread mosquito-borne illnesses and affects up to 500 million people around the world every year, including as many as 1,700 annual cases in the U.S. Some of the symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, and anemia. This disease is most common in South America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

  1. West Nile Virus

West Nile virus is a potentially deadly illness that spread to the United States in 1999. The Culex species of mosquitos is the primary carrier of this disease, which causes dangerous inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. Avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeved tops and pants and applying insect repellent when you go outdoors. If you have an infestation on your property, hire a pest control expert. 

  1. Dengue Fever

Though most common in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, dengue fever has infected over 2,000 people in the United States since 1974. Though this disease is somewhat rare in North America, symptoms typically appear between four and seven days after infection and may include fever, headaches, muscle pain, and rashes.

  1. Eastern Equine Encephalitis 

Though this virus is known for infecting horses, it also affects humans, especially those who live near freshwater swamps. One of the most curious characteristics of this illness is that it doesn’t always produce symptoms. However, you may notice flu-like symptoms or, in severe cases, inflammation of the brain.

  1. Zika

    There have been fairly recent concentrated outbreaks of Zika in Dade County. Zika is vectored by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that is common to South Florida backyards. They are a containerized mosquito breed, meaning they can breed in the containers around your yard including: potted plants, clogged gutters, bird baths, tires, and bromeliads. Zika is very dangerous to women who are pregnant – as the Zika virus can cause microcephaly in infants – a birth defect that causes the head to be smaller than normal.


Protect yourself and your family from potentially dangerous mosquito-related illnesses by contacting Nozzle Nolen Pest Solutions. They provide residential and commercial pest control services, including lawn treatment, fumigation, and rodent removal, to clients throughout Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, and Monroe counties, FL. Call (561) 844-3544 or visit them online to speak to a pest control expert. 


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