Can Mosquitos Spread COVID-19?
Can Mosquitos Spread COVID-19?
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has left many people wanting answers. Why does it spread so quickly? How is it transmitted? How did a tiger get it? What about my dog? The list goes on.
Pest Control Technology (PCT) reported that new research revealed, there were over 4 million online conversations in March on the topic of pests and their ability to transmit COVID-19
At this time, there is currently no evidence to suggest that pests like mosquitoes and ticks can be implicated in the transmission of COVID-19, NPMA’s Jim Fredericks says.
What You Should Know
Custom West Pest Control is a member of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) who recently debunked the misconception that pests can transmit COVID-19 The amount of information people are receiving right now, whether fact or fiction, is enough to make anyone’s head spin,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA.
“At this time, there is currently no evidence to suggest that pests like mosquitoes and ticks can be implicated in the transmission of COVID-19. They are, however, able to transmit other serious diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. With summer right around the corner and people spending more time outdoors than ever before, vigilant pest prevention efforts will be paramount to public safety.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is no current data to support that mosquitoes can spread COVID-19. For a virus to pass to a person through a mosquito, the virus must be able to replicate inside the insect.
To help Americans decipher the true threats associated with pests, NPMA is breaking down the most common culprits of disease transmission and how to protect against them.
NPMA provides a great source of information on their webpage. https://www.pestworld.org/
Facts About Mosquitos
Mosquitoes are vectors of numerous diseases, including West Nile virus, Zika virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and more. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and all can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.
Mosquito Bites Can Make You Sick
Disease epidemics from viruses spread by mosquitoes are happening more often, including the recent Zika (2015-2017) and chikungunya (2013-2014) epidemics. West Nile virus is the most common virus spread by mosquitoes in the continental United States. In the United States, people can also get sick from less common viruses spread by mosquitoes, like La Crosse encephalitis or St. Louis encephalitis. From 2004 to 2016, most US cases of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika were reported in US territories.
How To Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites.
- Use insect repellent: When used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Use an (EPA)-registered insect repellentexternal icon with one of the following active ingredients:
- Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE)
- Para-menthane-diol (PMD)
- Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
- Keep mosquitoes outside: Use air conditioning or window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
If you are experiencing problems with mosquitoes on or near your property, Custom West Pest Control can help. We have the capacity to handle mosquito treatment to a certain scale, and then we have a partner company we connect our clients with in cases beyond a certain property size. Learn More
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To maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses, Custom West Pest Control continues to provide you and your community with essential pest control solutions while adhering to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
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