Mosquito News

While we often think of mosquitoes as nothing more than annoying pests, the World Health Organization has actually identified them as the deadliest creature on Earth, responsible for more than 750,000 deaths annually, which is 50,000 times as many as sharks. With over 3,000 species worldwide, 200 in the U.S., they can act as vectors for life-threatening viruses, including Zika, West Nile, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse, and many more.

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The Dangers of Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever and the Mosquitoes that Carry it. Yellow fever is transmitted to humans by the bites of infected mosquitoes. Recent outbreaks of yellow fever in South America suggest that it could be a sign of international concern.  While most developed countries are less susceptible from outbreaks, developing nations are often not equipped to handle…

Protect your family from Mosquitoes while on vacation

Mosquito Safety When on Vacation

Did You Remember to Pack Insect Repellent for Your Vacation? Vacations are a wonderful way to get away from it all.  Especially in the northern climates, we want to escape to warmer weather, beaches, and lots of sun.  Remember that when you are traveling it is important to protect your family from bug bites.  Skeeter-Treaters…

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis or (EEE) Spread by the cattail marsh mosquito after it has bitten an infected bird, Eastern Equine Encephalitis infections are quite rare among humans, but it is among the most severe mosquito-transmitted illnesses in the U.S., with a 33% mortality rate and significant brain damage present in most survivors. While…

Mosquito biting a human

La Crosse Virus (LCV)

What is the La Crosse Virus (LCV) and how is it spread? Typically found in the Midwest states, La Crosse virus is an arbovirus spread by the bite of an infected mosquito primarily affecting children 16 years of age and younger. LACV, which has seen a slow but steady increase into the southeastern portion of…

Mosquito biting a human

West Nile Virus (WNV)

West Nile Virus Originating in Africa, the West Nile virus has spread across parts of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and here at home in the United States, where it was first detected in New York City in 1999 and has since spread to 47 states and the District of Columbia. An arbovirus spread primarily…

Mosquito biting a human

Zika Virus

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness, which was first identified in monkeys in Uganda in 1947 and in humans in 1952. Since then, Zika outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas. While the illness associated with Zika is relatively mild and lasts for only 2-7 days, infection during pregnancy has been…