As the weather begins to warm up, insect activity increases. You can prevent illness caused by pests this spring by being prepared.
As the weather becomes warmer, biting insects become more prolific. If you’re worried about being bitten or picking up a disease from an insect, we’ve got you covered. You can use this handy guide to prepare.
A Guide to Disease Bearing Pests
Insects in the home and garden are mostly beneficial, yet there are those that are not. Insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, lice, and ticks can transmit bacterial infection, parasitic infections, and other diseases affecting humans.
Some infectious diseases to look out for are viral diseases like yellow fever virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya virus. These are a few of the more serious viruses one can get from an insect bite.
You can get Lyme disease and plague after being bitten by a pest carrying a bacterial disease. Parasites you can pick up from bugs include sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, filariasis, and malaria. These are just a handful of the many viruses, bacteria and parasitic illnesses.
An effective strategy would be to avoid these when travelling or when the weather gets warmer by safeguarding yourself from insects. Our experts can advise you on safety and precautions or help you get rid of infestations and eliminate pests!
How Will I Know I Have Been Bitten by a Disease-Carrying Insect?
You might not be aware when an insect bites you. Some insects don’t make their presence known. They also might not leave a mark behind where they have fed. One of these is the Anopheles Malaria mosquito.
How does your body react to bites? It depends on the tolerance level of your body. Some people develop rashes, welts, and burning, itchy skin. These are definite signs of bites.
You can be asymptomatic if bitten by a disease-carrying insect. This means that you won’t have any signs of illness. You could have a very slight allergic reaction when bitten.
You could feel slightly off colour. Symptoms could be as mild as a slight cold. We all have different immune systems. Bites will vary from one individual to the next.
Mosquito Bites Are Often Your Biggest Risk
When travelling to malaria spots, take precautions to prevent being bitten. Use vitamin B1 mosquito patches to prevent being bitten. These last for a minimum of 36 hours and are 100% natural and safe to use.
Mosquitoes are mostly found in tropical environments. Did you know that there are many species of mosquitoes? Some of the more virulent disease vectors. Some species include the Anopheles, Aedes, and Culex.
Different mosquitoes have different habitats. They also have different times of activity and their bites vary. The larvae mosquitoes produce develop in stagnant pools of water.
Ensure you remove all places where water drips or causes pools. Some examples of stagnant water include water receptacles, reservoirs, lakes, pools, among others.
Each species is responsible for a different type of disease. Some mosquitoes don’t buzz during flight. Mosquitoes can bite you through your clothes!
What Diseases Can You Get From the Adult Female Anopheles Mosquito?
The Anopheles mosquito is responsible for the transmission of malaria. It is also responsible for transmitting filarial worm, the Timorese filaria, and Brugia timori. Some Arbo Viruses the Anopheles mosquito transmits includes eastern and western equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis and onyong-nyong.
What Sicknesses Can You Get from Flies?
Flies are so much more than a mere nuisance. They are directly responsible for transmitting microorganisms that can cause severe illness. If you want to avoid vector-borne diseases, flies need to go.
They cause many unpleasant conditions linked to the migration of their larvae under the skin! This is the Cayor worm. Contamination is caused by the eggs that the fly lays on linen or on ground.
Chrypsos, also known as horse flies, are carriers of loa loa filariasis. Certain members of the glossina genus (Tsetse flies) transmit sleeping sickness, also known as African Trypanosomiasis.
Black flies (Simulidae) are vectors for onchocerciasis. Sand flies are carriers of leishmaniasis. We don’t always feel flies biting us, so it’s important to keep them under control with the help of pest experts.
What Diseases Can Lice Give You?
When your kids come home from school with lice in their hair, the reaction is always one of pure horror! Lice are not only unpleasant, they are responsible for carrying diseases too. Lice cause Trench fever, also known as bartonellosis, relapsing fever, also known as borrelliosis, and rickettsiosis – typhus.
Why are Fleas Considered Dangerous to Humans and Domestic Animals?
Rat fleas are carriers of the plague. Infected fleas cause of worms in cats and dogs. Fleas on the dog are bitten by the pet. In turn, the dog or cat swallows the infected flea, thus causing the dog to get worms.
Fleas are hosts to worm eggs. Flea bites and flea infestations are difficult to get rid of. Humans should also avoid fleas as these cause diseases to humans, too.
If you’re worried about fleas coming into your home through pets or if you spot tick bites on your children or yourself, it’s important to take action fast. You can get rid of them with the help of pest control experts today.
Avoid Pests that Cause Illness this Spring!
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