Since the average mosquito bite isn’t much more than a tiny bump, and the average bug not much more than a pest, it’s tempting to think of mosquitos as inconveniences rather than threats. This is not the case. According to the data on all-too-common mosquito bite complications, the opposite is true. A mosquito bite with complications can lead to all sorts of serious issues, like swelling, itching, or even serious illnesses, which can take your little bite from slightly uncomfortable to a painful drain of time and money very quickly.
A money drain, you say?
Absolutely. Here are just three ways mosquito bites can threaten your health: and your wallet.
1. Mosquitoes Cause Medical Bills
There’s an extensive list of diseases that mosquitos can provide to you. Topping this list are Zika, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, malaria, and yellow fever. You might look at this list and think that these are exotic diseases that could never reach you, but if you’ve been bitten, you are at risk. About 1,500 US citizens acquire Malaria every year, and you don’t want to be one of them. The fees associated with the necessary hospital visit for any of these vicious and life-threatening diseases are substantial. An average emergency room visit? $1,233. Don’t take the risk.
2. Mosquitoes Can Affect Your Efficiency at Work
Maybe you don’t care what it looks like when you’re sitting at your desk, one pant leg hiked up so that you can scratch that irritating bite, but your coworkers definitely do. Your boss definitely noticed, too. And the time you spend with a swollen wrists or ankles, red, puffy, itchy, and miserable, maybe struggling with cellulitis or abscesses, is time you aren’t getting things done. You can’t afford that opportunity cost by any means. Over time, you could lose time, a project, even a promotion. This is a risk, again, that you can’t afford to take.
3. Mosquito-Borne Illnesses can Cause Time Off Work
In the unfortunate event that you are hospitalized for a mosquito-borne illness, you will have to take time off work to deal with your swelling, fever, and blisters. If you use all your sick time, that hospital time starts looking like unpaid leave. That unpaid leave is money out of your pocket, right at the time that you need it most—all those hospital bills. You can’t afford to risk it.
When you look at it like this, there’s really no question about it. Taking care of the mosquitoes in your life before they become a serious problem can definitely save you time, money, and inconvenience in the long run. Don’t lose your hard-earned time or money, just because a little bug wanted a snack. Contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria today and stop being a mosquito meal ticket.