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Mosquito Traps: The Safe, Effective Method of Mosquito Control
Thousands of species of mosquitoes exist, but did you know that only about 174 species live within the United States? Even with this small percentage, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from these buzzing little nuisances that can carry a host of diseases. Mosquito-borne diseases are not only a threat to humans, but also to pets and livestock. Effective mosquito control helps keep your family and your animals safe.
Understanding how mosquito-borne diseases can affect your family and pets helps you see why mosquito control on your property is so important. Let’s take a look at some common nuisances caused by mosquitoes and investigate the diseases they carry.
Mosquitoes Ruin Outdoor Activities
Whether these pests are buzzing around people’s ears or landing on them to suck blood, they’re annoying. Even a few uninvited mosquitoes can ruin an outdoor activity.
You can take precautions, like wearing bug spray or long sleeves, but these methods can also ruin your outdoor fun. Who wants to smell like bug spray, or wear long sleeves during warm, muggy summer evenings? The nuisance factor alone is reason enough to get rid of mosquitoes, but the health risks make mosquito control a necessity.
Mosquito Diseases Affect Humans
All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to transmit a virus. While most people can fully recover from mosquito-borne illnesses, the very young, the elderly, and those with poor immune function may develop complications, making the virus potentially deadly.
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus causes mild flu-like symptoms such as the following:
In those with compromised immune systems, symptoms are more severe and can lead to meningitis or encephalitis. Some possible types of encephalitis caused by mosquitoes include St. Louis encephalitis and LaCrosse Encephalitis. Both can cause flu-like symptoms similar to West Nile Virus, but severe symptoms can include the following:
Ongoing neurological problems
Squelae is a possible complication from encephalitis due to mosquito-borne viruses. People with squelae experience ongoing neurological complications for the rest of their lives, such as the following:
Mosquito Diseases Affect Animals
Your pets and livestock can become sick due to a bite from an infected mosquito. Heartworm is carried from one pet to another via mosquitoes, and it can affect both dogs and cats.
Heartworms are parasites that live in the heart and pulmonary arteries of animals. They travel through your pet’s bloodstream, damaging its vital organs. Hundreds of heartworms can live inside an animal, and the disease can be fatal.
You should watch for signs of heartworm in your pet. The symptoms differ in cats and dogs. In dogs, be watchful for these symptoms:
Loss of appetite
As the disease worsens, dogs develop a swollen abdomen and heart failure.
In cats, watch for these symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Cats also develop a swollen belly as the disease progresses.
You can prevent heartworm disease in your pet. Your vet can prescribe pills to help prevent the disease. You can also reduce your pet’s risk by controlling mosquitoes in and around your yard.
Livestock are not immune to mosquito-borne illnesses. Mosquitoes can transmit diseases to pigs, horses, birds, and other animals. Such diseases include the following: