If you have ever spent time outside enjoying the beautiful weather you have probably been pestered by mosquitoes. A-Tex Pest Management offers full service mosquito control and prevention that can keep mosquitoes away from your property this summer. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance to have around when you are trying to enjoy the outdoors but they can also be dangerous as well. They are known to carry disease that can be extremely harmful to people and pets. A-Tex Pest Management highlights some of the diseases mosquitoes can carry.
Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and in 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected. Since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported that seem to be running through areas that are close to water or moisture. Zika virus has been linked to mosquitoes and has affected people of all ages but is the most dangerous to soon to be mothers. The virus starts off with the same symptoms that an average everyday cold or flu does with a headache and muscle and joint aches. The CDC has linked mosquito causing zika virus to some birth defects in children that are born to an infected woman.
West Nile Virus
This has been the most common virus that has been associated with mosquito bites. West Nile virus is spread to a person when they are bitten by an infected mosquito. The virus began first near the West Nile but has made its way to mosquitos across the United States. The virus can lead to symptoms that are just like the flu and many people need to get the help of a healthcare professional to get relief.
Chikungunya virus is also spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Like similar mosquito borne diseases, the most common symptoms of infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. In 2013, chikungunya virus was found in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers.
Is there a Vaccine for Mosquito Bites?
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat mosquito borne diseases such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya virus infection, dengue fever or others. If you have been bitten by a mosquito and begin to have symptoms that resemble a flu virus you may want to contact a health care professional.
How Do You Keep Mosquitoes from Biting You?
The best way to ensure that you do not come across mosquitoes that can potentially carry harmful diseases is to do what you can to prevent them. They like to hang around standing water so you want to eliminate any areas that tend to have large or small amounts of water standing. You also want to be sure to contact A-Tex Pest Management to have your home and property treated for mosquitoes to take care of any that may already be hanging around. We will tell you about our mosquito fogging service which works by killing mosquitoes on contact. Our expert technicians can treat your yard and the perimeter, and is effective for up to 30 days!