Since the beginning of 2020, the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. As more and more information comes out about the spread of corona virus, people have been taking more precautions. With that being said, a common concern is the way the virus can spread from human to human. As the weather gets warmer, the mosquito population increases. Since mosquitos are known for carrying and transmitting other deadly diseases, the transmission of COVID-19 is a general concern. Any Pest discusses the dangers of mosquitos and the transmission of deadly virus’ and diseases.
Mosquitos In Georgia
With Georgia’s warm climate, “mosquito season” generally lasts roughly from April to October. However, the peak of mosquito activity is during the warmer months. Depending on rainfall and temperatures in a given season, mosquitos may become active at different times. You may not realize it, but there are over 175 species of mosquitos found right here in the United States, which can pose a health hazard to people and animals. Of those 175, sixty known species has made a home here in the state of Georgia. Some of the most serious mosquito-borne diseases including West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been found in parts of Georgia like Acworth, Johns Creek, and Marietta.
Mosquito-Borne Transmitted Viruses
Several mosquito-borne viruses circulate in Georgia each year. Mosquito-borne viruses can infect birds, horses, and other animals in addition to humans. The most common mosquito-borne viruses in the southern state include:
- West Nile virus
- Eastern Equine encephalitis virus
- LaCrosse virus
- Saint Louis encephalitis virus
- Dengue virus
- Yellow Fever
- Dog heartworm
Can Mosquitos Spread COVID-19?
The simple answer to this question is NO. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) concur, mosquitoes do not transmit coronavirus. Some viruses can replicate inside the mosquito. COVID-19 is not one of them. West Nile on the other hand, can replicate inside a mosquitoes. So when a female mosquito West Nile bites you, the virus is passed along.
COVID-19 spreads mainly from person-to-person by very small droplets that become airborne when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That is why the CDC strongly urges to stay at least 6-feet from others to prevent transmission of the virus.
Tips For Mosquito Prevention
Everyone knows how annoying and itchy mosquito bites can be and how this can be especially hard on your kids. However, it is not just the itch you need to worry about; mosquito-derived diseases can make you, your family, and even your pets extremely sick. In order to help prevent mosquitoes, check out the following tips:
- Remove all sources of standing water
- Trim shrubs and keep lawn mowed
- Clear away yard debris
- Hire Any Pest for scheduled mosquito control services
Seasonal Mosquito Control
Spring is the time to start combating mosquitoes and reclaim your yard! Depending on seasonal temperatures, mosquito activity can last into October. We can help with professional mosquito control treatments tailored to your home or business. Our botanical treatments are applied to bushes, shrubs, trees and all common natural surfaces around your home where mosquitoes are most likely to land. Natural water sources where mosquitoes breed can also be treated for prevention. If you do have a mosquito infestation, be sure to contact Any Pest to perform a mosquito treatment on your home or commercial property. Any Pest, Inc. can inspect, identify, and treat the problem. Give us a call today!