Mosquitos: The Uninvited Guests
Spring and summer are both known for the times enjoyed being outside. Unfortunately, those memories can sometimes be dampened by the recollection of mosquitoes and their itchy bites. So what can you do? All Green lawn care is equipped to ensure a mosquito-free barrier for your lawn to protect you, your loved ones, and even your furry friends from those itchy bumps.
Itchy bumps aren’t the only thing bothersome about mosquitoes; they also can carry diseases like Zika, West Nile, dengue, and Malaria. A bite from an infected mosquito spreads these mosquito-borne diseases and the symptoms can be very severe for individuals. Malaria alone kills 2-3 million people every year. By getting regular fogging applications to ward off these little insects, you have better chances of not getting bitten or infected while out on your lawn.
Zika virus is a transmitted illness by Aedes mosquitoes, which are known to bite mainly during the day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), most people don’t develop symptoms but those that do will experience rash, fever, conjunctivitis, and muscle and joint pain. The more severe effects of the virus include birth defects if pregnant, Gullian-Barre syndrome in rare cases, and in extremely rare cases disease affecting the brain and blood. These symptoms will last anywhere from 2-7 days.
West Nile is the leading mosquito-borne disease in the continental U.S. and most people that get infected with West Nile don’t develop any symptoms. Those that do develop symptoms can get febrile illness (fever) or in severe cases, inflammation of the brain or meningitis.
Malaria is different from the other illnesses listed in that its caused by a parasite transmitted through bites of infected female mosquitoes. Malaria can be prevented by taking prescription medication while traveling and preventing mosquito bites in general. In the US, this medication isn’t required, so homeowners can still be susceptible to it. Common symptoms are high fever, profuse sweating, muscle aches, fatigue, and in more severe cases, anemia, kidney failure, yellow discoloration of the skin, and low blood sugar.
Now that you know about the diseases that mosquitoes can pass to humans, did you know that they are also the cause of heartworm in dogs and cats? Not only do mosquitos leave annoying bites on you and your family, but they go after pets too. This is mainly because mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide humans and other animals emit.
To help minimize the spread of potential diseases such as West Nile, Zika, Malaria, and Heartworm, we fog the areas where mosquitoes hide during the day to ensure protection for you and your pets!