In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the team at Western Exterminator of Las Vegas is prioritizing the health and safety of our communities. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to stay up-to-date with the latest information. New data is being released every hour about the nature of this virus, but there are still a lot of questions about who and what spreads coronavirus. We’ve seen a lot of inquiries about the possibility of mosquitoes playing a role in the spread. However, there is no evidence to date that suggests that mosquitoes and ticks are transmitting the coronavirus. These insects may be vectors for some of the world’s worst diseases, but COVID-19 is thankfully not one of them. Keep reading to learn more.
Mosquito Bites & COVID-19
To date, there is no scientific evidence that mosquitoes and ticks transmit COVID-19. From what we know from the CDC, coronavrius is spread through person-to-person contact. This most likely happens from droplets from saliva or nasal discharge, often generated when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It can also be transmitted via contact with a contaminated surface and is increasingly considered to be an airborne virus. From what we know, coronavirus is best avoided by avoiding contact with infected persons. Diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks are entirely different and are spread when people are bitten by these vector pests
What Diseases do Mosquitoes & Ticks Spread?
Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are vectors for infectious diseases. Vectors are organisms that transmit diseases to humans through bites. Ticks and mosquitoes are infamous for their roles in the transmission of dangerous diseases around the world. Some of the things to know about mosquito-borne and tick-borne diseases include:
- Mosquitoes transmit some of the globe’s most deadly diseases, from malaria and Zika virus to West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more.
- Ticks transmit Lyme disease, which is currently the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.
- If these vector pests feed off a diseased host, they can transmit pathogens that will infect other hosts it subsequently bites. This is how humans are exposed to the above diseases.
Pest Control in the time of COVID-19
Mosquitoes may be feared for their transmission of diseases, but to date, COVID-19 is not one of them. That said, no one wants to deal with mosquitoes regardless. It’s increasingly important to take caution in the presence of pests and to always enlist the help of a professional exterminator to prevent dangerous insects. For the safety of our community, Western Exterminator continues to provide essential pest control services during these trying times.
With information about COVID-19 being updated daily, we want to encourage our customers to seek more information and follow guidelines released by the WHO and the CDC to better navigate this pandemic.