How long do you think we would put up with a million lions walking around in the streets of Atlanta? Probably not long. Lions are dangerous. But they don't hold a candle to mosquitoes. Around the world, around 22 people die from lion attacks each year. While the numbers vary each year, around 700 million people in the world get sick from mosquito-borne viruses, resulting in more than a million deaths every year! In the United States, we are somewhat shielded from this scary statistic. Measures have been taken to address mosquitoes at every level, from municipalities to residential properties.
There are also early warning systems in place, such as the monitoring of West Nile virus in sentinel chickens. The results of our efforts have helped U.S. residents stay protected. But many thousands of people get sick from mosquito-borne viruses every year, and several hundred people die. While this statistic is low in a population of more than 350 million, it should not be ignored. Would we ignore several hundred deaths by lion attack? Let's take a look at a few key facts that could help you protect your family and home from Atlanta mosquitoes.
Dangerous Mosquitoes In Atlanta
All mosquitoes do not spread all diseases, and there are some mosquito species that are considered worse than others. The worst mosquito species live in the Southern United States, and all of them can be found in Atlanta. These species are in three groups. They are Aedes sp., Culex sp., and Anopheles sp. Mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes, such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, are responsible for the spread of yellow fever, dengue fever, chikungunya virus, Zika virus, and potentially West Nile virus (WNV), though they are not the primary vector for WNV. Culex mosquitoes are the primary concern for WNV, which is currently the deadliest virus in the United States due to the fact that this virus can be found in local animal populations. Anopheles mosquitoes spread malaria. While a serious health threat, only about 2,000 cases are reported each year in the United States, and fewer than 20 people die from malaria. Most deaths reported are travelers returning from other countries.
How Concerned Should You Be?
Right now, you may be worried. That's not what we want. You don't need to live in fear of mosquitoes, particularly as a U.S. resident. If you have a strong immune system, you can get any of the diseases mentioned above and only experience flu-like symptoms for a couple of days. As many as 80 percent of people that acquire a mosquito-borne virus show no symptoms at all. They are asymptomatic. While this has a downside in that it allows mosquito-borne viruses to move through our population during an outbreak, the good news is that most people don't feel terrible when they catch these viruses. In fact, if you live in Atlanta and you get mosquito bites each year, it is quite possible that you catch something every year.
The primary reason Atlanta residents get mosquito control is to prevent itchy, irritating bites. Guarding against mosquito-borne viruses is more of a side benefit. But it is important to understand how mosquito control prevents unexpected tragedy and helps our communities prevent outbreaks. Your chances of becoming deathly ill from a mosquito bite are incredibly low. But why take the chance? Kill two birds with one stone. Make your yard a nice place to relax and enjoy the outdoors while protecting your family and your community from mosquito-borne viruses.
How Does Mosquito Control Work?
It's quite simple, really. When mosquitoes come into your yard, they rest. They don't have the energy to fly around your yard for hours. They also don't survive long when the sun is out. The sun dries mosquitoes out and kills them. Mosquitoes have to hide themselves to stay alive. Their preference is to hide in landscape vegetation because landscaping around man-made structures tends to stay moist. If your landscaping, and other key areas, are treated with a fast-acting, botanical insecticide, it repels mosquitoes and exterminates them if they try to find a place to hide. There are three ways Atlanta residents get this mosquito protection:
- Some invest in mosquito control before outdoor events.
- Some invest in routine misting performed by a licensed professional.
- Some invest in the installation of a mosquito misting system. This gives them the power of mosquito control by providing treatments at the push of a button.
Enjoy Your Yard
If you live in Atlanta, reach out to Tuxedo Mosquito Control and request an evaluation of your Atlanta property. We can let you know what mosquito control service will work best for your specific needs and budget. While your chances of having a deadly encounter with a mosquito are low, your chances of having your outdoor fun ruined by mosquitoes are high. Get relief from mosquitoes today.
What Tuxedo Mosquito Customers Are Saying
Tuxedo Mosquito is the only company we have used to control mosquitos in our yard. The service person sprays our shrubs in the woods behind our home and every shrub and plant in our yard. To the best of our knowledge this is our 9th year using Tuxedo Mosquito. Their service is excellent!!