You may be familiar with the joke that claims North Carolina’s state bird is a mosquito. Of course, the state bird is actually a cardinal. Although, if you’ve been around North Carolina long enough, you’ve probably seen way more mosquitoes than cardinals. All jokes aside, mosquitoes in North Carolina can be more than a nuisance as some bites can also be dangerous.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, mosquitoes in our state are known to transmit various arboviruses. These are viruses that are transmitted by bite which can lead to serious illnesses in people. Arboviruses are also known as vector-borne diseases. The three main arboviruses are transmitted to both people and animals by various types of mosquitoes in North Carolina include West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and La Cross Encephalitis. Most people have mild or no symptoms of these diseases. However, some people do get sick and show symptoms that are similar to the flu which can include headache, fever, chills, and/or vomiting. If these illnesses get worse or are left untreated, they can cause seizures, coma, brain damage, or death.
Studies find that North Carolina’s mosquito season ramps up between June and September, although mosquitoes are common year-round in many parts of the state. While not every mosquito carries disease, it is important to protect yourself and your family, including pets, from all bites. Pestech of Greenville, Inc. specializes in mosquito prevention to keep you and your family safe from potential disease. The pest management company’s technicians are trained in various measures to reduce mosquito populations. Pestech of Greenville is fully licensed and insured to spray North Carolina approved larvicide pellets and insecticide mists to kill adult mosquitoes and prevent mosquito larvae from hatching. These services utilize superior products applied in strategic locations to solve the problems, while limiting the exposure of any toxins.
Technicians are also skilled in finding and eliminating mosquito breeding areas. In addition to servicing these areas, they are able to explain to residents the best ways to reduce populations. This includes:
1. Turn over buckets, planters, wading pools, etc. when not in use
2. Tip standing water in pet bowls, buckets, birdbaths, etc.
3. Toss empty bottles, cans, garbage, etc. that can collect water
In addition to reducing the population of infected mosquitoes, Pestech of Greenville encourages the Eastern North Carolina community to take proper personal protection measures. This includes reducing time outdoors in the early morning and early evening hours, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, and applying mosquito repellent to exposed skin areas. Click here to read about safe use of insect repellents.
It’s also important to be aware of disease that can be spread in other parts of the nation and world. Other viruses transmitted by mosquitoes outside of North Carolina include Zika, Dengue, Malaria, and Chikungunya. The NC DHHS says while these diseases aren’t transmitted by mosquitoes in North Carolina, residents may contract one of them if they travel to certain countries or regions where these diseases are found, such as the tropics or sub-Saharan Africa.
Trust Pestech of Greenville, Inc. for your mosquito control and pest management needs. Give us a call at 252-353-4760 for a free estimate. Your East Coast pest management professionals are honored to serve you.