Protect Yourself and Your Family Against Mosquitoes
Anyone who has ever been out in the woods camping, fishing near a lake or stream, or even picnicking in a mosquito infested yard knows how quickly these pests can leave exposed areas of skin covered in swollen, itchy bites. Unfortunately, in addition to the discomfort, mosquito bites can also leave you exposed to potentially dangerous infections and diseases. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the biggest concern centers around two types of viruses:
- West Nile Virus: Mosquitoes contract West Nile virus and become carriers after feeding on the blood of infected birds. If an infected mosquito bites you, it can produce flu-like symptoms which include fever, headaches, swollen glands, and body pains. In more severe cases, the virus can leave victims suffering seizures and may put them into a coma that is life threatening. One of the biggest dangers with the West Nile virus is that once a victim has contracted the disease, they can easily transmit it to other people.
- Zika Virus: The Zika virus can also cause flu-like symptoms in infected victims, which may last for a week or more. However, the biggest risk associated with this virus is the threat it poses to pregnant women and their unborn children. When a mother is bit by a Zika infected mosquito, she may not actually suffer symptoms, but the virus can be transmitted to the fetus. In addition to causing severe birth defects, it increases the likelihood of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Mosquitos can also endanger horses, dogs, and cats, putting their lives at risk as well. To protect yourself and those you care about, reach out to Amco Ranger to schedule an inspection with our St. Louis mosquito control experts right away.