For the most part, a mosquito bite is just an inconvenience. It will simply leave behind a red, itchy bump. However, most mosquito species are capable of carrying dangerous diseases which they can spread through their bites. But are you at risk for contracting one of these diseases? Let’s find out.
The mosquito bite
All mosquito bites are carried out by the female of the species. Males have no interest in blood, and instead they consume flower nectar for sustenance. The females need the blood however to lay eggs and take care of the larvae. Most mosquito bites will result in mild symptoms such as a red, itchy bump on the skin, but mosquitoes can carry several viruses, pathogens and parasites that can be transmitted to a different host. Not only that, but some of these viruses and pathogens can be transmitted between people and animals, increasing the number of vectors for the spread of diseases.
The diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can transmit a large number of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and encephalitis. Most of these diseases are very dangerous, but luckily, they are not very common in the US. However, there is a chance, because so many mosquito species are vectors of dangerous diseases, that an infected person will be bitten and then the diseases will become endemic in the country.
Some people are born with an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, and others may develop an allergic reaction from repeated exposure to mosquito saliva. Allergic reactions have the following symptoms:
- Larger swelling and more redness around the bite area
- Swollen lymph nodes
The symptoms can then proceed to anaphylactic shock in more severe reactions. If you experience these symptoms after a bite, seek medical attention immediately.
How to prevent mosquito bites
To prevent mosquito bites you can use a variety of sprays, repellents and devices that kill mosquitoes, but if there is an infestation on your property, you will need the help of a pro to get it under control. A pro will go to the source of the infestation and destroy the mosquito spawning pools by removing or treating standing water.
For more information on how to get rid of a mosquito infestation and the costs associated, or if you have a mosquito infestation on your property that has to be removed, contact us today.Tags: mosquito control, Mosquito Exterminator