At Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest, our team is aware of how uncertain times are right now during the current pandemic. With a dedication to the health and safety of our communities here in Marysville WA, we are keeping up-to-date with all of the information coming out each day about COVID-19. There is a lot of misinformation spread about the nature of the virus, and we are here to set one of those myths straight. From what we know according to the CDC, COVID-19 is not transmitted by mosquitoes or ticks. Although these two insects play a role in the transmission of some of the most deadly diseases across the globe, coronavirus is not one of them. Keep reading to learn what we know so far.
Mosquito Bites & Coronavirus
There has been no research or evidence to suggest that mosquitoes or ticks transmit COVID-19. From what we know, coronavirus is a respiratory virus spread to pass from person to person. Droplets from saliva or nasal discharge are often the cause of transmission, often generated when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Contaminated surfaces also are contributing to the virus, which is increasingly being considered an airborne virus. Infection are best avoided by avoiding exposure with infected persons. Diseases that are caused and spread by mosquitoes and ticks are spread and transmitted in an entirely different way.
What Diseases do Mosquitoes and Ticks Transmit?
Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are considered vectors for a number of infectious diseases. Vector pests are organisms that transmit diseases to humans through bites. Mosquitoes and ticks especially are capable of transmitting a few very dangerous diseases:
- Malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more are just several of the diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
- Lyme disease, which is currently the most common vector-borne disease in the nation, is transmitted by ticks.
- It’s important to know how these are transmitted. When these vector pests feeds off a diseased host, they can transmit pathogens that may infect other hosts it subsequently bites.
We Are Here For You!
Mosquitoes and ticks may not transmit coronavirus, but they can still be dangerous. More so than ever, it’s important to take caution in the presence of pests and to always enlist the help of a professional exterminator to prevent dangerous insects. The team at Western Exterminator is proud to continue to provide essential pest control services to our communities during these times and all year long!