3 Things You Didn’t Know about Mosquitoes that Can Kill You (or Your Pet)

3 Things You Didn’t Know about Mosquitoes that Can Kill You (or Your Pet)

Mosquitoes are pesky insects, and many Raleigh and Cary residents are searching for mosquito control this time of year so they can enjoy the backyard. After all, it’s more fun to sit outside when you don’t get red, itchy welts. But did you know there are more serious reasons to hire someone to spray for mosquitoes?

Here are three of the top dangers mosquitoes pose for humans and pets:

1. Dengue Fever – People in many countries sleep under mosquito nets to avoid terrible diseases spread by mosquitoes. While we are more fortunate in the US, these diseases can still spread here. Zika hit the news last year, but several years ago we were talking about the West Nile Virus. Dengue is a viral-borne disease mostly found in more tropical areas, but the World Health Organization said it has spread rapidly to other parts of the globe in recent years. Dengue causes a flu-like illness but can turn into severe dengue, which can be fatal.

2. Heartworm Disease – Your furry friends can also suffer when mosquitoes attack. Heartworm disease is found in both dogs and cats, though it is worse in dogs. This disease is found in the US and many other parts of the world. Animals who have this disease have worms that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels. These worms can reach one foot long and can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, and other organ damage. Your vet will recommend ways to prevent heartworm disease in your pets, but The American Heartworm Society also recommends repelling mosquitoes in your yard. “Mosquito repellants/insecticides were found to be more than 95% effective in preventing the transmission” of heartworms, according to the AMS.

3. Chikungunya – This is one you probably haven’t heard about, yet according to an article in Time magazine, more than 1 million people have it. Chikungunya isn’t usually fatal but can cause debilitating pain in the joints. This one has spread west, with a few thousand cases in the United States in recent years.

Keep you and your family (and four-legged friends) safe by keeping mosquitoes away. You can try these DIY methods for limiting mosquito activity or contact us to begin protecting your yard all season long.

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