What Diseases Can Be Transmitted by Mosquitoes? West Nile Virus, Zika Virus & More

Have you ever spent a beautiful day outdoors in the spring or summer? Then you have probably been swarmed or bitten by a mosquito! Mosquitoes usually start to emerge in the spring time and spend their time outside through the summer as well. They tend to swarm around areas that are near some kind of water source. This can be a large pond or even standing water in an old tire or flowerpot. Mosquitoes love humid weather and are most active when the sun is about to set or rise. That is usually the time that people are spending time outside as well and that makes it so that they are more likely to come into contact with these dangerous pests. Mosquito bites are known to itch and irritate the skin and cause some discomfort. They are also known to carry diseases that can transfer to a person and cause some serious health concerns. All-Rite Pest Control spotlights some of these diseases below.

Zika Virus

This virus started to get national attention after a serious outbreak in May of 2015. The outbreak started in Brazil but has since made its way into the United States. There are some areas in the US that even called for a state of emergency because of the amount of cases that were being recorded. The virus does not have any major symptoms that would call for alarm because they are so similar to a common cold or flu. The biggest effect that the virus has is on mothers to be. The virus can lead to birth defects, most commonly hydrocephaly which is a small head. A mosquito that is infected with the virus can infect a person with a single bite.

West Nile Virus

This virus has gotten its name from the area that it was first found. The mosquitoes in the area surrounding the West Nile are commonly infected with bacteria and carry various viruses. The West Nile Virus is not as common in the US but has been found in some states. The virus affects humans but can also infect pets and animals too. Some people don’t show any symptoms at all but when they do it is usually the same symptoms you would have if you had the flu.

Mosquito Control

These are only a couple of the viruses that you can get when you come in contact with an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes can also transmit Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, Dengue and Malaria. If you want to have your a href=”https://www.allritepest.com/service/mosquitoes/”>property treated for mosquitoes,