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Summertime Pests: Mosquitoes and Ticks

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Mosquitoes and ticks can be a summertime nuisance, but they can also spread diseases. By preparing your yard with all natural tick and mosquito control, you can keep down the numbers of these pests and enjoy your time outdoors without worrying about the common diseases they carry. Read on to learn about some of the diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes.

Lyme Disease

Spread by tick bite, Lyme Disease is the most common tickborne disease. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease, and the common carrier species is found in the northeast and the midwest United States. While most tickborne diseases have similar early symptoms – fatigue, headaches, fever and chills – Lyme Disease also has a distinct rash that looks like a bulls-eye target.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

This bacterial disease is spread by ticks found throughout the United States, but a majority of cases have been reported in Oklahoma, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee. Symptoms are similar to those of Lyme Disease, but the rash that appears with RMSF is typically splotchy in appearance and shows up on the hands and feet.

West Nile Virus (WNV)

Mosquitoes spread WNV, and incidence of the disease tends to increase in summer months. Cases are reported more in the southern states where mosquitoes thrive in warm, moist environments. Most people who contract WNV have no symptoms, and of those who do, they will typically develop a fever that resolves on its own.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

Also affecting horses, EEE is another viral disease spread by mosquitoes. Originally found in birds, the mosquito spreads the disease from the infected bird to the human or horse when taking a second blood meal. More common in the eastern border and southern states, but rare overall, EEE can lead to inflammation in the brain.

By using the correct mosquito and tick control, you can enjoy your summer without fear of becoming ill from the diseases these pests carry.