We all know the risk when we go hiking or camping. Ticks like wooded and grassy areas, if we choose to spend time in them we have to be very aware of ticks and other disease-carrying pests, like mosquitoes. But how many people really think of mosquito and tick control when they are out on the job? Survey crews certainly do, but construction, renovation, oil field and clean-up crews may not make it a top priority to keep an eye out for these pests. As pesky as they are, they can pose a great danger to your crew and it’s important that you work to keep them safe on the sites they spend extensive amounts of time on. We present you here with several reasons why.
Mosquitoes carry diseases that can take your workers out of commission for a few days to a few weeks.
Zika Virus – Mosquito-Borne Virus
According to the CDC, 5,700 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases were reported in the U.S. from 2015 to 2018. Zika symptoms include:
- Joint Pain
- Red Eyes
- Muscle Pain
These symptoms can last from several days to a week. It is especially dangerous for pregnant women.
Malaria – Mosquito-Borne Infection
Malaria is a parasitic infection caused by a mosquito bite. It can be mild, severe or fatal in some cases. Though elimination of malaria was declared in the U.S. in the 1950s, currently approximately 1,500 cases reported each year across the country.
Common symptoms of malaria can include:
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Body Aches
- General Malaise
There are long-term consequences in some instances of malaria, which range from neurological to low birth weight, ruptured spleen, and chronic kidney disease. Additionally, malaria sufferers can have relapses after weeks, months or even years without symptoms.
West Nile Virus – Mosquito-Borne Virus
West Nile Virus does not exhibit symptoms in most people, but in those that do show symptoms they can be left with a slew of symptoms.
- Body Aches
- Joint Aches
West Nile Virus is particularly dangerous for the very old and very young. Approximately 1 in 150 people will have a fatal episode with the virus.
Lyme Disease – Tick-Borne Illness
Lyme Disease is transferred through infected tick bites.
Typical symptoms of Lyme Disease include:
- Rash (erythema migrans)
The infection can be difficult to diagnose and can spread to other parts of the body like the joints, heart, and nervous system. When left untreated, more severe symptoms can develop in these areas.
What can you do to keep your job site safe?
You can see that not only would a mosquito-borne illness affect progress, but it would affect the health and paycheck for your crew members as well. You can give your workers tips on the proper clothes to wear when working, and how to check their clothing for ticks when they return home. Additionally, keep work spaces clear of standing water.
Even with these precautions, the risk is present. With Mosquito Squad of Victoria, you can rest assured that this is no longer an issue. Your workers will be able to work comfortably, without the distraction of buzzing insects and bites. Contact us today for a quote.