In the sweltering heat, sweating and seemingly being followed by a black cloud of angry insects, your average person has the good sense to run for the bug spray and to douse themselves in it. This is what we usually imagine when we think of mosquito bites and the many possible diseases they may carry. The proclivity to which mosquitoes are annoying is matched only by their resiliency. Even now, in the dead of winter, they find small, damp environments where they’re able to effectively produce larvae, readying a new generation of future blood suckers. And sometimes, the places they find to survive just happen to be within our own homes. This is why we can’t become passive when it comes to mosquito control in Massachusetts; even during the winter.
So it’s no wonder why the American Mosquito Control Association reports that, “Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism—over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.”
The diseases that mosquitoes can transmit to humans are vast and can be exceptionally dangerous. Some of the most prevalent diseases attributed to mosquitoes in North America are West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is why Massachusetts mosquito control should always be on the top of one’s priority list; especially in compact, urban areas like Boston, where there are plenty of moist crevices and potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes to thrive. Our lawn programs in MA and, more specifically, our lawn care in Boston can be an essential deterrent of mosquito reproduction.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Mosquitoes that feed on birds infected by EEE become perfect vehicles to transmit the harmful disease when they feed on humans, horses, and other mammals. Humans that become infected with EEE have a 50% survival rate. The worst of EEE’s symptoms are when they manifest themselves as infections in the central nervous system. This disruption of the central nervous system can lead to an intense headache and a sudden fever that can be followed by seizures and coma. And usually, those that do survive are left with severely debilitating afflictions such as permanent brain damage. And many of these survivors are left mentally debilitated and require lifetime institutional care. Worst of all, there is no cure or even a significant treatment for the disease.
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus first became prevalent in the U.S. in 1999 and the early 2000’s. Much like EEE, West Nile Virus is transmitted from birds to humans and other mammals. This disease can also attack the central nervous system and can affect the brain as well. The virus can lead to an inflammation of the brain and, in some cases, death. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “As of 2010, there have been 30, 491 cases of West Nile Virus reported to the CDC. Of these, 12, 650 have resulted in meningitis/encephalitis and 1,196 were fatal.”
The increasing rate of mosquito-borne illnesses is not to be taken lightly, no matter the time of year. So make sure to let AllGreen professionally handle your mosquito control in Massachusetts by contacting us at: (781)-762-7080 or by perusing our website at www.allgreenworld.com