As astonishing as it may sound, mosquitoes are considered to be the most dangerous animals on earth. Yes: even more dangerous than a Grizzly bear, shark, or even a poisonous rattlesnake.
There are many reasons why these pests are so deadly, but the main reason has to be the fact that they are the most abundant pests that exist in many different areas of the country (most of which are overly populated with human beings). For comparison sake, while a Grizzly bear may indeed kill you quicker and more violently than a mosquito, the likelihood of you ever crossing paths with a ferocious Grizzly is slim to none, as they inhabit such a small portion of the world.
On the other hand, bumping into a mosquito is almost guaranteed if you live in a humid area of the country such as the South and Southeast — in areas like Florida and Atlanta — and, unfortunately, in doing so you will be at risk for a myriad of mosquito-borne illnesses.
This is why it is so important to ensure you and your family are protected from these deadly pests by implementing the proper mosquito control practices in and around your home and is why Mr. Mister mosquito control was conceived in the first place.
Our mission, at Mr. Mister, is to create a mosquito-free Atlanta; and we do this by offering a wide range of mosquito control solutions for residents throughout Atlanta and surrounding communities. However, while mosquito control is readily available for the masses, most simply shrug off the idea of truly stomping out these pests altogether.
One of the main reasons for this lack of respect for mosquito control is (to put it simply) a lack of knowledge when it comes to the true dangers of mosquitoes. With that in mind, we at Mr. Mister want you to be as informed as possible about the real dangers of mosquitoes.
First discovered and identified in Uganda in 1947, Zika Virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which is the same mosquito that can transmit other deadly illnesses such as dengue and yellow fever as well as chikungunya.
Up until 2007, Zika was contained solely to Africa but soon spread to the South Pacific where it still wreaks havoc. Since then, cases of Zika have been reported in a handful of major cities in the United States, including Miami, Florida and is highly likely to pop up in other U.S. cities that are prone to warmer and humid climates such as Atlanta and other regions of the Southeast.
Zika is spread directly from a mosquito bite, however, it can also be transmitted sexually, which is yet another reason to practice safe sex. The virus itself produces flu-like symptoms and can be deadly if not treated properly.
The Dangers Of Zika In Pregnant Women
While contracting Zika virus is dangerous for anyone, including your children, it is especially dangerous for pregnant women in particular.
This is because Zika can cause a birth defect in infants, leading to misanthropy, which is a condition where babies are born with brain damage and underdeveloped heads. This is why the CDC recommends avoiding traveling to known areas of the world affected by Zika for pregnant women.
West Nile Virus
With Zika virus taking most of the spotlight when it comes to major mosquito-borne illnesses, most have (mistakingly) forgotten about West Nile.
While West Nile may not be making the type of headlines as Zika as of late, it is, by no means, a thing of the past. In case, West Nile cases have increased every year in the U.S. since late 2009. What makes West Nile so dangerous is the fact that once a human contracts the virus it typically produces no symptoms, making it undetectable until it’s too late.
In some rare cases, West Nile virus can lead to a brain damaging neurological infection, which can (in turn) lead to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord).
This is why you and your family should be vaccinated from the virus in order to prevent transmission from infected mosquitoes. If you haven’t been vaccinated or a vaccine isn’t readily available in your area, you should be practicing proper mosquito control in your home and around your property with solutions like Mr. Mister.
Additional Mosquito Transmitted Diseases To Watch Out For
In addition to the main mosquito-transmitted diseases that are currently affecting parts of the United States like Zika and West Nile Virus, there are a number of other mosquito-borne illnesses that you should watch out for.
Dengue Fever –
As astounding as it may sound, a whopping 360 million cases of dengue fever are reported each year. While most of these cases occur in tropical areas of the globe — including Southeast Asia, Southern China, Taiwan, the Pacific islands, Mexico, and Africa — this doesn’t mean U.S. residents are immune to the illness.
This is because many of the areas affected by dengue are tourist destinations for thousands of U.S. citizens each year, which is where most contract the virus and bring it back home.
The illness itself, commonly referred to as dengue fever, is a debilitating and painful mosquito-transmitted disease that is caused by one of four closely related dengue viruses. Surprisingly, these viruses are in close relation to the viruses that cause West Nile and yellow fever.
Symptoms of dengue fever typically start to take effect after four to six days of contracting the virus from a mosquito bite and include sudden/high fever, severe headaches, severe joint and muscle pain, pain behind the eyes, fatigue, nausea, skin rash, and mild bleeding.
Many folks still haven’t heard of chikungunya, and if you’re one of these people, consider yourself lucky. Chikungunya is yet another illness that is transmitted, like Zika and many others, by the Aedes mosquito and causes a multitude of treacherous symptoms.
First discovered in Tanzania in 1952, chikungunya has gone on to infect millions of people worldwide including populations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and (most recently) North and South America. Mosquitoes infected with the virus are known to bite throughout daylight hours, which is why the disease is so easy to catch, as it can occur at times when humans are outdoors the most.
The disease is characterized by an abrupt onset of fever followed by extreme joint pain which typically leaves the sufferer stooped over in pain, unable to walk upright.
The most troubling part about chikungunya is the fact that there are currently no vaccines in existence to prevent the virus, and no specific antiviral drug treatment for the virus as well. This means, if you contract chikungunya, you’ll only be able to receive treatment for the symptoms while the virus itself persists.
What You Can Do To Prevent Mosquito-Bourne Illnesses
Now that you’re aware of just some of the dangers of mosquitoes, you should be looking into proper mosquito control measures in order to prevent these diseases.
While wearing repellent and dark clothing whenever you’re away from your home will help in the short term, in order to eliminate mosquitoes completely from your property, you’ll need to find a real mosquito control solution that provides a much higher level of protection.
For Atlanta residents, you can count on the solutions provided by Mr. Mister to keep you and your family safe from disease-carrying mosquitoes. At Mr. Mister, we offer a wide range of mosquito control solutions that are guaranteed to create a mosquito-free barrier around your property.
Let’s explore all of the solutions we offer for at-home mosquito control in order to help you identify which solution is right for you:
ClearZone Mosquito Misting Service –
By far our most convenient and helpful solution for mosquito control, by opting for Clearzone Mosquito Misting service, you’ll have a mosquito control expert at your disposal who will arrive at your property for periodic treatments.
All of our mosquito control solutions utilize our 100% biodegradable mosquito misting spray, which settles on foliage and outdoor furniture, eliminating any adult mosquitoes lurking around your yard and killing off any larvae (mosquito offspring) as well to ensure your property is protected now and in the future.
Automated Mosquito Misting Systems –
If you seek a more permanent mosquito control solution, you should opt for our automatic mosquito misting systems.
These systems utilize special nozzles which disperse our mosquito misting spray throughout your yard on a daily basis — at times of the day when mosquitoes are most active — ensuring your yard is receiving constant protection from disease-carrying mosquitoes.
All of our automated mosquito misting systems are designed precisely to fit your yard, and can be hidden within your landscaping and along your fencing to provide a discreet, yet super-effective mosquito control solution. What’s more? You have the option of controlling what times of the day your yard receives treatment, as every system comes equipped with a remote. This means you can choose to treat your yard whenever your children or pets aren’t utilizing the yard.
Professional Gutter Cleaning In Atlanta –
As an additional service, utilized in tandem with our other mosquito control solutions, Mr. Mister also offers professional gutter cleaning.
While you may not think to have clean gutters will lead to fewer mosquitoes, keeping your gutters clean is actually an important part of reducing the mosquito population around your yard.
Gutters that are clogged with debris and standing water from a recent rainstorm make for the perfect breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes. While you can always opt to clean gutters yourself, this isn’t recommended, as gutter cleaning is a dirty and dangerous job.
You can avoid the risk of falling off of a tall ladder, which can lead to serious injury, by hiring the professionals at Mr. Mister to clean your gutters for you. Our experts will ensure your gutters are spotless, in order to discourage mosquito breeding, reducing the mosquito population around your yard significantly, especially when carried out in tandem with our other mosquito control solutions.