Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy your yard and getting bit by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of their hosts (people and animals) in order for the female to get the necessary protein she needs to develop her eggs. Not only do these bites become itchy, but they can pose serious health concerns.
Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?
Mosquitoes, despite their small size and fragile body, are considered one of the most dangerous creatures in the world because of the diseases they spread to people.
Types of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
Mosquito-borne diseases vary based on the species of mosquito. Some species could be carriers of more than one type of disease. The list of some diseases carried by mosquitoes include:
- Malaria: This disease is transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. This disease was mostly eradicated in the 20th Century in temperate areas of the world, but is common in sub-tropical and tropical areas. Still, up to 500 million deaths are reported each year throughout the world.
- Yellow Fever: This disease is mostly in the African and American tropical areas. The illness is rare because of the yellow fever vaccination. Yellow fever affects about 200,000 people every year and causes about 30,000 deaths in 33 countries.
- Dog Heart Worm: This disease could be fatal for dogs. It is caused by a roundworm. Sometimes foxes, raccoons, and even cats could get heartworm. It is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that is carrying the larvae of the worm. Heartworm is found in all 50 states.
What Do Mosquito Bites Look Like?
Mosquito bites usually show up as a white bump with a red tint to them. About a day after the mosquito bites you, the bite may turn into a hard, itchy bump that might be reddish-brown in color. Some people may have small blisters rather than hard bumps. Some may also have dark spots that mimic a bruise.
Mosquito bites swelling shows that your body is trying to get rid of the mosquito saliva, which is a foreign body to your immune system. If you are allergic to mosquito bites, the bites could cause a large area of swelling, turn red and may be very sore.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes
While there is no way to completely eliminate mosquitoes from a property, steps can be taken to significantly reduce their numbers. Go around your yard and remove anything that could hold water, such as empty flower pots, old tires, kiddie pools, or anything else that collects water. Keep in mind that just getting rid of containers that could hold water may not solve your entire problem.
Once you remove everything, contact RichPro to schedule to learn more about minimizing mosquitoes through our three-step mosquito reduction program. Our pest control professionals in Richmond can provide accurate identification and treatment services.