How viruses spread is a topic being debated recently, in light of the Covid-19 crisis. The American public has been inundated with virus-prevention tips such as frequent hand washing, social distancing, and coughing into the elbow instead of the hand. Businesses are also being directed in virus prevention. Shields have been put up to protect cashiers. Food packages are being wiped down with a disinfectant. Wipes are being provided to customers to wipe the handles of shopping carts. Today, we're discussing a question that many of our customers have: Can mosquitoes spread the coronavirus? We'll also give you some tips to help you protect yourself, your family, and your pets from mosquito-borne pathogens.
How Mosquitoes Spread Viruses
You might think that mosquitoes spread pathogens by picking them up on their needle-like appendages and spreading them when they stick that needle into someone else. This is not how mosquitoes spread viruses. Most viruses don't live long on the outside of a mosquito. A virus must enter the gut of a mosquito, incubate there, and spread to the salivary glands. It is from the saliva glands that the incubated pathogen is injected. This is how viruses spread via mosquito.
3 more things you should know about how mosquito-borne viruses spread:
Not all mosquito species can spread all viruses.
There is no conclusive evidence that any mosquito species are able to spread Covid-19.
Mosquitoes don't travel far. If a mosquito is able to spread Covid-19, you don't have to be as concerned if you live in a rural area.
Mosquito Bite Prevention
There are many ways to protect yourself from being bitten. Some prevention methods protect you personally. Some reduce or eliminate mosquito populations in your yard. The most effective mosquito prevention strategy is one that targets the yard. This is because it breaks the cycle of infestation. When a female mosquito comes into your yard and lands in a treated location, she is eliminated, along with the hundreds of eggs she would have laid.
Will a female mosquito land?
You bet she will! Mosquitoes land a lot. They do this because the sun dries them out, and also because flying wears them out. Mosquitoes rest more than they fly. This is why you can look outside and see no mosquitoes flying around and then walk out into a cloud of them. When you appear outside, those mosquitoes take to the air and try to feed on you. If your landscaping has been treated, this isn't going to happen.
Why have a professional do it?
There are many ways homeowners attempt to get control of mosquitoes. Many of them fall short. There are many reasons why, and these reasons are connected to the control options used. When it comes to treating landscaping, it is best to have your Witt Pest Management professional take care of this. Here's why:
Our pest professionals are licensed, educated, and experienced.
We use mosquito-control products that have a track record of success.
We use field-tested strategies to apply products in the correct locations.
We bear the burden of remembering to apply the products around your home so you don't have to.
The products we use also help to control ticks, another dangerous disease-spreading pest.
There is no time like the present to protect yourself and your family from the viruses that mosquitoes spread. While we don't yet know whether or not mosquitoes spread Covid-19, we know for sure that they can spread West Nile virus, Zika virus, Dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, and many more. Get protected today. We're standing by to assist you.