We are all familiar with mosquitoes, but did you know that there are more than 3,000 species worldwide and more than 60 species present right here in Alabama. They generally look alike to the naked eye, but vary in appearance, biology and behavior. Some mosquitoes are a general nuisance, but others carry diseases that pose a greater health risk to you, your family and our community. Pest management is important in order to control these serious diseases. We are able to provide safe and effective pest solutions for mosquito yard control.
West Nile Virus (WNV)
Was first discovered in Uganda in 1937 and was first detected here in the United States in 1999. It has impacted all of the lower 48 states (not Hawaii or Alaska). Risk is higher for those who work and participate in outdoor activities, due to greater exposure. In 2014, there were over 2000 cases in the United States and 97 deaths as a result of the Virus. We have the pest solutions for the vectors of this virus.
The CDC has ongoing travel warning for parts of Central and South America and the Caribbean due to an outbreak of the Zika virus, which is vectored by an Aedes species mosquito. The virus was locally aquired in Brazil in May 2015, it has quickly spread and now there are reports of over 1,000 cases of microcephaly in newborns between October 2015 and January 2016. Zika in the U.S. has surpassed 1,600 infected and localized cases are appearing in the Miami Florida area. The Zika Virus is also being linked to Guillan-Barre. Check the CDC website for the most up to date travel information, since this disease is spreading at an alarming rate.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV)
Although not as common as West Nile Virus, but EEEV has a high mortality rate of 33%. Most cases have been found in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic States. The primary transmission cycle takes place in swampy locations and those that are at higher risk of infection are those that work and play in these endemic areas.
This virus had previously been found in parts of Africa, Southern Europe, and Asia, but in 2013 the first locally transmitted case occurred in the Caribbean and over 750 travelers have returned to the US. infected with the virus. Eleven locally transmitted cases were reported in Florida in 2014. The mosquito that vectors the virus is an aggressive daytime species and can spread the virus from an infected person to others. Bama Mosquito Solutions provides home pest control services for the mosquitoes that vector this disease
Other Diseases Vectored by Mosquitos:
St. Louis Encephalitis
Western Equine Encephalitis
For more information see: www.cdc.gov