What Time of Day Do Mosquitoes Come Out?
One of the most irritating bugs you will encounter this summer is the mosquito. They seem to emerge from their hideouts as the sun is coming up or going down; basically the most comfortable hours of the day during the summer. Not only are their bites itchy and uncomfortable, they also pack a serious health risk as well. There are several diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes, but three of them stand out and are more common. Eagle Pest Services is here to share some information about the three most common diseases that people suffer from after being bit by a mosquito.
While Zika is relatively new to the U.S., it has been around since 1947 in areas of Africa. Today, it is found in several countries and is transmitted to humans from the bite of an infected mosquito. This illness is tricky because many people that are infected with it show little to no symptoms. Common symptoms include: fever, rash, joint & muscle pain, headache and red eyes. These symptoms can last up to a week. Another dangerous result of the Zika Virus effects pregnant women. It causes a condition called Microcephaly in fetuses. It can effect brain function, eye defects, hearing deficits and growth problems.
West Nile Virus
The first cases that were discovered in the U.S. occurred in 1999. There were 62 cases that were actually confirmed and 7 deaths that took place at that time. This virus actually originates from birds and then passed on to mosquitoes. Symptoms of the West Nile Virus include headache, body ache and fever and these symptoms don’t show up until 3-14 days after being bitten. These symptoms are only present in about 20% of the people that get the virus though. On rare occasions, the virus can develop into West Nile encephalitis and cause much more serious problems. The people most at risk of this are those over 50.
While this rarely occurs in the U.S., we have to mention it because it infects over 400 million people each year in the tropics and subtropics. If you are planning on touring any of these areas of the world, you should be aware of this illness and the seriousness of it. A serious case of dengue will leave you with stomach pain, trouble breathing, bleeding from the gums or the nose and vomiting.
Mosquito Prevention & Control
None of these illnesses have a vaccine to help keep you protected from them. That’s why it is so important to take precautions and avoid getting bitten in the first place. Having the experts at Eagle Pest Services treat your property for mosquitoes is the first defense against this pest. When we treat your property, it will greatly reduce the amount of mosquitoes that you see and also reduce your chances of getting bitten. If you find that you are battling mosquitoes this summer, don’t hesitate to call on our team of professionals to take care of the job!