When you think of the most deadly animals in the world, you probably think of sharks, snakes, lions, and crocodiles. While they are pretty dangerous, the lowly, teeny-tiny mosquito is actually at the top of that list and is considered the single most deadly animal in the world.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitoes are the cause of millions of deaths every year. It’s not the mosquito itself that kills, but pathogens that mosquitoes carry and transmit from person to person. The majority of these deaths are due to malaria, primarily in Africa, which has a disproportionately high share of the worldwide cases (90%). [Source: WHO] It is estimated that a child dies of malaria every 30 seconds.
While malaria is no longer a threat in the United States, other potentially fatal diseases that mosquitoes carry are on the rise. In May 2018, the CDC released an alarming report that indicated diseases from mosquitoes and ticks more than tripled between 2004 and 2016, and there’s no indication that rate is slowing down any time soon. Dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya are not as common in the continental United States, but are prevalent in Puerto Rico and other tropical areas. Most often, these diseases are picked up by travelers abroad and brought back, which can cause an outbreak. Such is what occurred with Zika virus in 2016, although the dangers of Zika have since subsided immensely.
According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the most common existing or potential mosquito-borne diseases are West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis, LaCross Encephalitis and other California serogroup viruses, St. Louis encephalitis, and dog/cat heart worm. Any encephalitis means “brain inflammation” and if not fatal, can cause permanent neurological damage.
What is the most disturbing, however, is that in their report, the CDC states that 80% of government vector-control organizations lack critical prevention and control capabilities. The best way to protect yourself from potentially dangerous mosquito-borne diseases is avoiding mosquitoes all together. While the government isn’t fully prepared to protect us, you as a homeowner definitely can be the first line of defense for yourself and your family at home. With Mosquito Squad’s barrier treatment, the mosquito population in your yard will be eliminated by nearly 90% for up to 21 days at a time, giving you peace of mind, a lot less swatting and itching, and more enjoyable summers in your yard. Call us today at (843) 258-5415 for free consultation. We look forward to helping you take back your yard!