This time of year can be tricky as the weather fluctuates between warm and cool. While we’re excited to have a much-needed break from the humidity and heat, it doesn’t mean you should let your guard down against vector borne disease. Just last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their reports and there have been 493 cases of West Nile reported in 40 states. While those numbers are down from last year, there have been fifteen deaths, which makes this a serious public health issue. It seems everyday there is a new headline about West Nile being diagnosed in a new area of the country. West Nile Virus is usually spread by mosquitoes and can cause serious neurological problems, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms. You can read our past blog post for more detailed information about the disease and its symptoms.
Vector borne diseases don’t stop there. Lyme Disease this year has been another illness causing major health issues, so we’ve been closely monitoring tick activity. The CDC reports that every year around 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease! In late 2014 scientists discovered a whole new tick-borne virus and we have been seeing the first cases pop up in the U.S. this year. Bourbon Virus is now on the radar as yet another disease spread by ticks.
As you enjoy the nice fall weather, make sure you’re aware that mosquitoes and other insects that carry diseases are still around. Mosquitoes will stay active until the temperature is consistently below 55, and ticks will feed until the temperature is below freezing. Mosquito Joe is still working to make sure you’re safe with our mosquito control services, but pay attention to the news in your area. If you live in an area where Lyme Disease has been an issue or where West Nile has been confirmed, take extra precautions such as long sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors, and eliminating standing water in your yard, a mosquito’s favorite breeding ground. We want outside to be fun and safe!