With summer officially setting in and everyone's desire to be outdoors, now is the time to stay 'mosquito aware' and protect yourself and your family from these frustrating pests.
This week is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week.
A mosquito bite in the summer time is not something to be taken lightly.
West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis can both be transmitted through mosquitoes. These diseases make people very, very sick, in all age groups. Over the past dozen years many people have died from these diseases. People have suffered profound illness. People tend to forget how dangerous a mosquito bite can be when in fact, they can transmit really bad diseases.
There are a number of ways to protect from mosquitoes: patching up holes around your home, screen doors and windows. Also, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors at night. Night time is when the virus-carrying mosquitoes tend to be out and biting the most. Most importantly, wear repellent whenever your outdoors day or night, especially if skin is exposed.
Mosquitoes are annoying pests that can ruin any outdoor event. However, they are also the most deadly animal in the world! They are capable of transmitting several potentially life-threatening diseases including West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). They are also capable of transmitting heartworm disease to pets.