Know The Difference: Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

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Know The Difference: Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

As we’ve seen in the past few years, mosquito-borne illnesses are still very real concerns across the world and here in the United States. Colder weather has caused concern to dissipate, but as temperatures rise, you should be aware of mosquito-borne illnesses that may impact those of us in Northern New Jersey. We’ve taken the time to break down the differences among some of the illnesses most probable in our area.

Zika

Zika has gained notoriety over the past few years as it’s spread further into the United States. Symptoms of Zika include red eyes, pain the in muscles, headaches, rash, fever, and pain in the joints. Zika can be spread by mosquitos, intercourse, through blood, and from a pregnant woman to her child.

West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus is more common in elderly people within the population, and it is spread primarily through mosquito bites. Most people who have West Nile do not develop symptoms, but if symptoms are developed, they are typically very serious and can include inflammation of the spinal cord or brain.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a rare virus, but our Atlantic location is where it typically occurs. Severe cases of EEE cause symptoms including vomiting, bad headaches, and a fever. From that stage, the virus progresses into seizures or coma.

Saint Louis Encephalitis

Saint Louis Encephalitis is similar to Eastern Equine Encephalitis, but symptoms are usually not as drastic. SLE is also most prevalent in the Atlantic states, and it tends to impact older individuals more frequently.

Prevention of Mosquito-Borne Illnesses

There are a few ways that these illnesses can be prevented. First, insect repellent is always a good choice, especially in summer. If you are going to be spending a lot of time outside, particularly camping overnight, protection like a tent or mosquito netting is important.

 

One of the easiest ways you can protect yourself and your family is through our preventative programs. Beginning in May, we treat your property ever four to six weeks. Our products are approved for use by the EPA, ensuring the elimination of mosquitos but the continued health and safety of your family. To learn more about our mosquito prevention programs, contact us today.

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