Mosquitos are far more than just a pest. It may be hard to believe, but the mosquito is Earth’s most dangerous creature, responsible for a few million human deaths every year and the infection of hundreds of millions more. This is why the pest control services offered by Action Pest Exterminating are so important for North Carolina residents.
What Is a Mosquito?
Seasoned pest control companies will tell you that the mosquito belongs to the large group of insects called “flies”. The name “mosquito” is Spanish for “little fly”. Mosquitos have two qualities that differentiate them from other flies: hair-like scales on the body, and of course the infamous proboscis – the long tubular mouthpart that the mosquito uses to suck up fluid.
Water is vital to a mosquito’s livelihood, which is why our mosquito control services are focusing on limiting access to such locations. The female mosquito lays eggs in areas that are or will be occupied by water, where they hatch and grow quickly. Male mosquitos have a very short lifespan of around a week, and they don’t bite. Instead, they occupy their short lives feeding on plant juices and nectar. The female mosquitos are the “biters”, and they do so because blood is required for egg laying. Most living creatures are targets for a female mosquito: mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Diseases Caused By Mosquitos
Mosquitos are the cause of several diseases, many of which are dangerous to humans. Here we cover some of the most common.
This terrible disease has been known to humankind for millennia, and even today almost 40% of the world’s population is still susceptible – especially people living in tropical or subtropical regions. Malaria was known to appear in the United States up until the 1940s, at which time pest control solutions had evolved enough that the disease could be effectively controlled. Even so, malaria is still a danger to the U.S. via tourists and military personnel returning from exotic areas, which is why aggressive control measures are still in place.
West Nile Virus
Much of the preventive pest control making headlines over the last 20 years has been related to West Nile Virus (WNV). This disease, which is transmitted from birds to mosquitos to animals and humans, first appeared in America in 1999. 62 cases were confirmed, resulting in seven human deaths. In New York, nine horses died. Fast-forward 20 years and close to 40,000 cases of WNV have been reported, of which around 5% were fatal.
Dengue fever is prevalent in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Its potentially fatal symptoms have become more serious in recent years due to the fact that more and more mosquito species are carrying the disease, and many of these species have adapted to commonly-used spraying solutions.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
EEE, which has been identified in North, Central, and South America, is one of the most serious mosquito-borne viruses. There is still no specific treatment for the disease, and though a vaccine is available for horses, one does not exist for humans. Symptoms range from mild, flu-like discomfort to potentially deadly central nervous system infections.
Our Mosquito Experts Can Protect Your Health
Mosquitos are a threat to pets, livestock, and humans. Their potency and numbers have increased in recent years, making professional pest control a number-one priority for Charlotte Area North Carolina residents. Contact the mosquito experts at Action Pest Exterminating today and utilize our proven mosquito control solutions.