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Mosquito Diseases

Although many people consider the tiny mosquito a bit of a nuisance and a problem that makes it difficult to enjoy a picnic or the early evening out in your backyard, the fact is that they are also very dangerous. In fact, some have said that the mosquito is the most dangerous and deadly animal on the planet because mosquitoes are known to be vectors for several potentially deadly diseases.

In fact, mosquitoes are known to carry and transmit viruses and diseases for both animals and humans. Some of them are specific to certain species of mosquitoes, but across the board mosquitoes can be dangerous to mammals.

Which diseases are known to be transmitted by mosquitoes?  Here's a list:

  • Zika Virus - the virus has been positively linked to mosquitoes, in particular the A. aegypti and A. albopictus species. The virus tends to cause only very mild symptoms to the person who is first infected such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, a rash and a few other symptoms that disappear quickly. However, once inside a person, it can cause serious problems down the road and has been linked to birth defects such as microcephaly or to illnesses such as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

  • West Nile Virus (WNV) - first found in the U.S. in 1999, West Nile is an aborovirus linked to mosquitoes and it can be deadly to humans. The virus affects people in different ways, but can lead to encephalitis and meningitis.

  • Canine Heartworm - pets are not immune to the problems that come from mosquitoes. Heartworm is a serious illness that can be deadly to dogs and some cats by leading to congestive heart failure.

  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) - although this illness is best known for being serious for horses, it can also be found in other mammals and even be transmitted to human beings.

  • Western Equine Encephalitis (WEE) - another potentially serious virus and illness, but this one tends to be less deadly than EEE. This version is found mostly on the western half of the U.S.

  • La Crosse Virus (LAC) - this virus is another form of encephalitis and when it first appears brings about symptoms such as vomiting, fever, headaches, and nausea. However, it can quickly get much worse and lead to seizers, paralysis, brain damage, comas and even death.

  • St. Louis Encephalitis (SLE) - in 1933 the first appearance of SLE appeared in the city that bears its name. These days around 128 people throughout the United States get this illnesses every year. Like other encephalitis illnesses it presents as a cold at first, but becomes worse fast.

  • Malaria - these days malaria is not much of a concern here in the U.S. However, in other parts of the world, this is still a very serious problem and if someone travels from the U.S. to other parts of the world, it is possible they could get bitten and bring malaria back with them. Malaria is a parasite that first presents like a bout of the flu, but then quickly becomes very serious. The Anopheles mosquito is known to carry malaria.

  • Dengue Fever - also not very common in the United States, but Dengue Fever is very nasty because it is a hemorrhagic, which means it causes lots of bleeding. Outbreaks do happen from time to time as people travel. This disease has been linked to the Aedes aegypti species of mosquito.

The Mosquito Professionals

Fortunately Western Exterminator professionals are ready to provide year-round protection for you and your family. We can find out where mosquitoes are hiding and provide protection that will stop them from ruining your evenings or outdoor activities.

Use our online form to set up an appointment or call us at 800-937-8398 to discuss our mosquito control treatments.