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How Dangerous Are Richmond, VA Mosquitoes?

May 15, 2022 - Mosquitoes

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How dangerous are mosquitoes in Richmond? This is a complicated question to answer as you are probably well aware. Richmond residents get bitten by mosquitoes all the time and get little more than puffy, itchy welts to show for it. For the most part, mosquitoes are just irritating. But there is a serious threat that must be considered. Every bite has the potential to be deadly. This is what we're going to explore today. How concerned should you really be about mosquitoes?

Thanks, Zika

We've always known that mosquitoes are dangerous, but the Zika virus brought it to the forefront a few years ago. News agencies across the country warned of a virus that was able to cause microcephaly and that pregnant women could give birth to a child with this birth defect if bitten by a mosquito with Zika virus. That is pretty scary. But, what was often lost in translation was the fact that a pregnant woman could contract the Zika virus from a mosquito, and her baby could be fine.

Asymptomatic

We've heard this word thrown around a lot lately. It can be applied to any sickness  carried without visible symptoms. Eighty percent of Zika cases are asymptomatic. Bet you didn't hear that on the news. But, there is a good side and a bad side to this. The good side is that you can contract a dangerous virus, like Zika, malaria, or West Nile virus, and have no symptoms. That means you don't get sick. But the downside is that you're a carrier. If a mosquito bites you, it can spread the disease to someone else. When this occurs, the person that gets it from you in this way could have severe symptoms, while you didn't. Do you see the problem?

Transmission

If you go to work and a mosquito bites you on the way to the front door, your chances of becoming sick are higher than at home. Why? Because most mosquitoes don't travel far from where they hatch, and mosquitoes aren't born with diseases. The mosquitoes that live around your place of business or around a public place that you visit have more opportunities to contract diseases and spread them to you. But you can contract a disease at work or while out in public and bring it back to share with the mosquitoes in your backyard. If you are asymptomatic, you may not realize you've brought a virus home. See how complicated it is?

Mild Symptoms

Many people are asymptomatic, but a large number also have manageable symptoms. You can contract a mosquito-borne disease at work or in your backyard and think that you've come down with a cold or the flu. This will cause you to take a break from work, sleep a lot, and probably drink fluids. You're not going to go to the hospital. That means the virus will not be reported. This is another issue that complicates things. There is no way to know how many people really get sick from mosquito-borne viruses in Richmond each year. Combining this with the uncertainty of when a virus will have severe or deadly symptoms can cause fear. But, again, it is essential to remember how rare it is for someone to become deathly ill.

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You can lessen your fear even further if you take steps to mitigate the threat of mosquito-borne viruses. You can do this by investing in seasonal mosquito control As a result, you and your family will have a lower chance of disease and an even lower chance of severe disease.

If you're concerned about Richmond mosquitoes and the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease, reach out to Cobalt Pest Control today. Our team of experts provides customized mosquito control in Richmond to noticibly reduce the population of these pests in your yard. You don't have to fear mosquitoes. Whether you're planning a special event and looking for a one-time treatment or recurring treatment options, our team has the solution for you. To learn more about our mosquito control options, reach out to our friendly team of professionals today!