Mosquitoes are among the most troublesome of pests. They bite, it stings, and then you are left with an itchy bump on your body—but that’s just the beginning. From there, your mind may wander to concerns about diseases and illnesses, and for good reason!
Mosquitoes can carry a number of dangerous illnesses that lead to serious symptoms in humans and pets. There are a number of reasons why you need to keep mosquitoes out of your yard, but health and safety are chief among them.
Mosquito Bites Can Lead to Serious Illnesses, Including Zika, West Nile Virus, & Encephalitis
By now, most people are aware that mosquitoes pose a real threat to public health. Luckily, most counties and municipalities have treatment programs to help protect the public. But there is a real need for individual mosquito control on your property to avoid increasing the chances of contact with a dangerous virus or disease.
Examples of mosquito-borne illnesses include:
- Zika - this illness became a media buzzword in recent times. The virus can cause fever, joint pain, itching, and muscle pains. In pregnant women, Zika can cause severe harm to the fetus and lead to birth defects.
- West Nile Virus - this virus affects the neurological system in many ways. Symptoms can include fever, intense headaches, mental confusion, tremors, and seizures.
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis - Encephalitis is essentially an infection of the brain. Symptoms can include fever, headache, irritability, restlessness, drowsiness, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, cyanosis, convulsions, and coma.
Mosquitoes Can Cause Allergic Reactions in Pets
Humans are better equipped to battle mosquitoes than pets are. Even with all of their fur, pets can be attacked and bitten repeatedly with no chance of swatting them away. Animals who spend lots of time outdoors, like cats, can fall victim to these reactions.
The saliva of mosquitoes can cause allergic reactions that can be moderate to severe, causing loss of fur, rash or even anaphylactic shock.
Without Treatment, Mosquitoes Will Breed & Multiply on Your Property
Regularly scheduled mosquito treatments are the only way to ensure you can prevent breeding. Mosquitoes often breed in moist areas or in stagnant water. Professional service is the best choice because the treatments offered are more effective than DIY sprays.
When combined with a professional treatment program, property upkeep is an effective method of preventing exposure to illnesses and bites. Stagnant water should be removed or drained, leaf piles should be cleared, and fire pits properly cleaned.
Mosquitos Are a Nuisance to Your Family & Friends
Perhaps the most obvious reason to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is the basic nuisance they cause. Friends, family, and pets won’t be able to enjoy themselves if they are under constant threat of pesky bites. Often the most comfortable weather occurs during prime mosquito season.
A proper treatment plan can help ensure that times spent out in your yard aren’t spoiled by painful, distracting mosquito bites.
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