Learn Why Mosquito Infestation Are Dangerous
There are few insects that can ruin outdoor fun the way mosquitoes can, and here in Port St. Lucie it can sometimes feel like there are a hundred mosquitoes to one person. This is actually not the case. While the humidity and warmth in Port St. Lucie certainly make it an ideal location for mosquitoes to live--and we definitely have a lot of mosquitoes here--one resident can see no mosquitoes in their backyard and another can be swarmed by mosquitoes. This is because the mosquitoes that bite us in our yards are usually mosquitoes that hatch in our yards or the next-door neighbor's yard. In either case, seasonal mosquito control service from a professional can help to significantly reduce those mosquitoes. But the focus of this articles isn't going to be on how mosquitoes can be reduced. We're going to focus on "why" it is a good idea to invest in mosquito control.
The Bottom Line
Mosquitoes are dangerous. Really dangerous. They are considered the most dangerous animal in the world. Why? Because they spread diseases. And, if you haven't noticed, mosquito-related illness has increased dramatically in the last two decades. We're beginning to see new diseases entering the United States and we're seeing some viruses spreading to humans for the first time. And spraying mosquito repellent on isn't enough. These blood-eating pests are pernicious.
West Nile Virus
When we talk about mosquito dangers, this is the virus that comes up on the radar first because West Nile virus claims more lives in the U.S. each year than any other mosquito-borne illness--even Malaria. Fortunately, for South Florida residents, West Nile cases are much lower than they are in Texas and the central United States.
You've probably heard of this one. Zika virus is linked to microcephaly in unborn children and can cause Guillain-Barre syndrome in adults. Microcephaly is a congenital birth defect that leads to a smaller than normal head circumference and incomplete brain development. This is an illness that can impact a family for years, if not permanently. Guillain-Barre syndrome is no less ominous. While symptoms may mirror the flu or gastroenteritis, it can attack the nervous system and cause weakness and paralysis that persists for months.
Often called breakbone fever for the pain it can cause to the body, this illness is associated with sudden high fever, severe headaches, body pain, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash. In some cases it can lead to bleeding gums, bloody nose, vomiting blood, difficulty breathing, persistent vomiting, red patches on the skin, and black stool. There is no known medication or treatment for a dengue infection.
It takes days for symptoms of yellow fever to begin to manifest. When they do, there may be fever, headache, a sensitivity to light, body pain, joint pain, loss of appetite, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. It may also cause red eyes, face, or tongue. It is called yellow fever because it can lead to liver and kidney failure, which produces a yellow (jaundice) coloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes. Brain dysfunction, delirium, seizures, and coma can result.
This is a potentially deadly virus that has been reported in 47 states. Most people who contract this disease will develop symptoms. They may be mild, such as fever and joint pain. They can be more severe, such as headaches, joint swelling, muscle pain, and rash. Human mortality is rare but this is a virus that can be very uncomfortable.
There are many documented forms of encephalitis in the United States: Western equine encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and more. These illnesses are associated with brain swelling and can lead to death.
There are more diseases that can be spread to humans by mosquitoes, including parasitic worms. Mosquitoes can also spread diseases to dogs and cats. No home in Port St. Lucie or South Florida should be without seasonal mosquito control service. The potential for serious illness is just too high.
As mosquito-borne illness continues to rise in the U.S., the risk of contracting one of these diseases, or a new illness like Keystone virus, increases at a higher rate in tropical regions of the country. Protect your family and increase the comfort of your yard by investing in mosquito control.