Mosquitoes are annoying. But there’s much more to the irritating bugs than an itchy bite or a pestering buzz. They are the deadliest animal in the world thanks to the dangerous viruses and parasites they can carry.
At American Pest Control, we know that your home is your castle, and we’re here to help you protect it. We can manage any home pest problem to make you feel comfortable and safe in your house.
The Potential Dangers of Mosquitoes
While their life cycle is brief, mosquitoes can cause a lot of damage in that time.
In the hunt for blood, mosquitoes can transmit diseases to humans, as well as dogs, cats, and horses. These diseases include:
The West Nile Virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the U.S. There are no vaccines or medications to treat WNV.
While most people, about 8 out of 10, infected do not develop any symptoms, 2 out of 10 will develop a fever with other symptoms like headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.
About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious illness that affects the central nervous system. Recovery from a severe illness can take several weeks or months, while some effects to the central nervous system can be permanent. Of those people who develop severe illness, about 1 out of 10 of them die.
In 2016, the Rio Olympics were surrounded with news of a Zika outbreak. While it hasn’t gotten much publicity since, the disease is still around and poses a risk as there is no vaccine or cure for Zika.
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects and other pregnancy problems.
While there are a variety of forms of encephalitis that are caused by mosquito bites (St. Louis Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, Japanese Encephalitis, Eastern Equine Encephalitis) the damage they cause are similar. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain, which can cause seizures, coma, movement disorders, and paralysis.
Mosquito Control in Illinois
When you have a mosquito infestation, you need to contact the right experts. Our technicians know how to deal with any type of mosquito problem. We will work with you on treatment options to help you get rid of the problem. American Pest Control offers monthly mosquito service to keep your home and family safe all season long. We also provide one-time services for any special occasion in your life.
American Pest Control works to deliver the right products to the right places to make sure the mosquitos are dealt with properly. This includes the strategic application of insecticide to areas of vegetation where mosquitos breed. We combine this with the use of growth regulators to prevent the development of new mosquitos.
Our technicians will also inspect your property and identify any areas where mosquitos could be hiding. They will point out any standing water near your home, which could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. This includes puddles, potholes, ditches, or any depressions in your yard. Stationary birdbaths or unused fountains can be a perfect place for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Cleaning out your yard makes sure mosquitoes do not have a breeding ground, and will reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home. The best thing you can do to get rid of mosquitoes is to disrupt their lifecycle.
American Pest Control Can Help
The best way to prevent mosquitoes is with professional mosquito pest control. Every home is different, and the reasons why mosquitos are infesting your area may not be immediately clear, which is where our years of expertise can help.