By now, mosquito season is in full swing. Have you noticed? Are you getting bites when you go out into your backyard? That's because mosquitoes in Kansas City, Missouri have had all spring to multiply. And the hot muggy summer weather gives them everything they need to grow their populations even faster. That is bad news for families. Mosquitoes can spread some pretty scary diseases. Let's take a look at a few of the health risks and walk through the biggest reason you should consider mosquito control.
Most people are familiar with the big viruses that have been linked to mosquitoes, viruses such as West Nile, malaria, dengue, and recently, the Zika virus, but what few people realize is that there are many more health threats than this handful of scary viruses.
Mosquitoes can spread several forms of encephalitis. If you're not familiar with what encephalitis is, it is an inflammation of the brain caused by infection or an allergic reaction. This is a widespread health threat that many people shrug off as the common cold or the flu because it is associated with headaches, fever, muscle or joint pain, and fatigue. But symptoms can sometimes be severe and include confusion, agitation, hallucinations, seizures, paralysis, muscle weakness, problems with speech or hearing, and loss of consciousness.
Another health threat that isn't talked about much, but should be, is the ability for mosquitoes to transmit parasitic worms. While rare in the United States, this is a growing issue worldwide. And it is pretty scary.
Realistically, most of the mosquitoes that will bite you in your yard are not going to give you a disease. And, if you get infected, you may have slight symptoms or no symptoms at all. The goal of this article is not to scare you, but to encourage you to never shrug off mosquito prevention. If you're a parent, please take the time to read this article, "What Parents Need To Know About Mosquitoes."
The most effective way to avoid mosquito bites in your backyard is to invest in seasonal mosquito service. A professional uses the natural behavior of mosquitoes against them by treating mosquito-resting places. When mosquitoes come to hide in your yard, they are eliminated. This will reduce mosquitoes in your yard and in your neighborhood.
Mosquito service is more than a quality of life upgrade. It is essential protection that every family should have.