While there are varying statistics in terms of how many deaths can be attributed to mosquitoes, there is no disputing that they are the number one killer in the world. They are responsible for more than 750,000 deaths worldwide each year. The next deadliest animal is considered to be snakes, with more than 50,000 deaths attributed to them.
Why are mosquitoes so deadly? Because they spread deadly viruses such as malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, Zika virus, yellow fever, Chikungunya, eastern equine encephalitis, and many more. But not every mosquito can spread every mosquito-borne virus, and not every mosquito-borne disease has a reservoir in the United States. As an example, we have had outbreaks of Zika virus, but this disease is not yet localized. When considering the threat mosquitoes present in America, we need to consider all the factors.
The Good News
We benefit from being in a country that is somewhat resistant to the spread of mosquito-borne viruses. Let's start with the good news.
1. We Have A Robust Medical System
If you get sick from a mosquito-borne virus, you're probably not going to die. You have fast access to vital medical services that aren't available to people in third-world countries. This is one of the reasons so many people die from mosquito-borne viruses. It is a lack of available medical assistance or an ambulance service.
2. We Have Prolific Pest Control Coverage
Homes, businesses, and municipalities invest in mosquito abatement. Even if you don't have service for your West Palm Beach home, you are benefiting from others who do. This helps to slow the spread of viruses through our region. This is not a benefit shared by people in third-world countries.
3. We Have A Surveillance System
We have an arbovirus surveillance system in the U.S. that helps with the detection of viruses. When a virus outbreak is detected, an illness advisory is put out. While this alert system is certainly not perfect, it plays a role in protecting Florida residents from illness.
The Bad News
While the U.S. is resistant to mosquito-borne viruses, we live in a state that has challenges when it comes to mosquitoes. Here's the bad news.
1. Damp Conditions Play A Role
Mosquitoes breed in standing water and damp conditions. The flat, marshy areas of South Florida are heavy breeding grounds for mosquitoes. There isn't a whole lot we can do about this except treat these areas routinely to reduce mosquito populations.
2. Mosquitoes Thrive In Temperate Climates
Most mosquitoes are fragile organisms that need lots of moisture and warmth. They get both of these in Florida, especially South Florida, near the coast. West Palm Beach is like the perfect storm for mosquitoes
3. World Travel
Flights come in and go out of Palm Beach International Airport, every day. We live in an age of consent world travel. This makes it easy for viruses like malaria and Zika to be carried into the state with an infected individual.
How To Mitigate The Threat
At Native Pest Management, we provide West Palm Beach property owners with effective options for mosquito control. The products and methods we use target mosquitoes in two places that matter most: Where they breed and where they rest.
When mosquitoes come into your yard to lay eggs and produce hundreds of biting pests for you to deal with, we can stop them by installing In2Care Mosquito Traps. These traps provide an ideal breeding site that neutralizes eggs and eliminates female mosquitoes that attempt to breed in them.
When mosquitoes look for a place to rest in your yard, we can make those mosquitoes regret it. Our service team applies mosquito mists to key areas where mosquitoes rest. This helps to break the cycle of reproduction by eliminating mosquitoes before they can breed.
Do You Have Questions?
If so, we have answers. Reach out to Native Pest Management. We have agents standing by to answer your questions and set you up with one-time mosquito treatments or ongoing seasonal mosquito control. You don't have to let mosquitoes make you sick. Get protected, starting today.