Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance, but they are a major concern for people all around the world. Proper mosquito control in Winston Salem, NC is sometimes the best remedy. There are many types of species, with the United States itself being home to over 150 different kinds. Mosquitoes may be just a small insect but they are carriers of many deadly diseases that affect both humans and animals. With that in mind, here are 3 mosquito borne diseases you should know about.

1. Zika

According to the CDC,

“Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners, even if the person doesn’t have symptoms.”

While most people infected by Zika’s virus do not actually develop symptoms, the virus can cause devastating birth defects if pregnant women are affected.

2. Dengue Fever

Dengue fever occurs mostly in tropical and subtropical areas and causes headaches, severe joint pain, nausea, and fever. According to the Mayo Clinic,

“Millions of cases of dengue infection occur worldwide each year. Dengue fever is most common in Southeast Asia and the western Pacific islands, but the disease has been increasing rapidly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Researchers are working on dengue fever vaccines. For now, the best prevention is to reduce mosquito habitat in areas where dengue fever is common

3. West Nile Virus

1 in 5 people who are infected with the West Nile Virus will develop a fever with a headache, joint pain, or rash. The virus first emerged in the Western Hemisphere in 1999 in New York and has since spread across the US. According to the CDC,

“As of August 29, 2017, a total of 45 states and the District of Columbia have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 2017. Overall, 450 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC. Of these, 269 (60%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 181 (40%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.”

Worried About Contracting Mosquito Borne Illnesses?

If you have a problem, the best way to stay safe is by eliminating the threat altogether. Get mosquito control in Winston Salem, NC, Kernersville, NC, Greensboro, NC, and surrounding areas before they become a huge problem. Our mosquito control technicians operate with a professional mentality when it comes to protecting your home. They are well-trained pest control technicians and are ready to do the job. We are equipped with the best tools possible to remove the source of your mosquito problem. We believe in giving the best service possible so that you can take control over your home. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.