You may be surprised to learn that the animal responsible for more human deaths than any other is not a lion, tiger, or bear (oh my!) but rather an insect. That's right, mosquitoes, the same little bugs that buzz around your backyard and leave itchy welts on your skin, are considered the deadliest animals in the world.
But how can something so small cause so much harm? Let's take a closer look.
How Many People Die From Mosquito-Borne Diseases?
Every year, mosquitoes are responsible for over one million deaths worldwide due to the diseases they carry. These diseases can cause severe illness and even death in those infected, so protecting yourself from being bitten by mosquitoes carrying these deadly pathogens is essential.
What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Carry?
Malaria is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases, with over 200 million cases reported yearly.
Other mosquito-borne diseases include:
- Dengue fever
- West Nile virus
- Yellow fever
- Zika virus
- Chikungunya virus
- Rift Valley fever
These viruses can cause severe symptoms such as headaches, rash, joint pain, and fever. In some cases, they can even lead to death if left untreated.
It's important to note that not all mosquitoes carry these diseases; only those that feed on blood can transmit them from person to person through their saliva when they bite you. This means that you should always be sure to use insect repellent or protective clothing outdoors to avoid being bitten by a potentially disease-carrying mosquito.
How Can I Protect Myself From Mosquitoes?
The best way to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses is by taking preventive measures such as using insect repellent when outdoors or wearing protective clothing like long sleeves and pants while outside during peak hours (dusk until dawn).
Additionally, having your property professionally treated with pest control services will help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home, making it less likely for them to breed and spread disease near your family or pets.
Protect Yourself and Your Property
Mosquitoes may be small insects, but their impact on humans cannot be overstated, as they are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal on earth!
It is important for everyone, especially those living in areas where mosquito-borne illnesses are prevalent, to protect themselves from these dangerous pests by using insect repellent when outdoors or having their property treated with professional pest control services.
Ensure your home and property are protected from mosquitoes this spring and summer by scheduling regular mosquito treatments with our professionals at Guardian Pest Control. Contact us today! (401) 812-3033