Dangers Mosquitoes Pose to North Carolina Residents and Families

Mosquitoes are a pain, in the literal sense and the figurative sense as well. When they invade a cookout in the backyard, they can make that cookout miserable. When they show up at an outdoor family reunion, they can make it a much less festive occasion. But painful, itchy wounds on the skin aren't the only threat mosquitoes pose. They can also be vectors for several human diseases.

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We've heard a lot of about Zika virus in the last few years, and for good reason. Studies have shown that Zika can cause microcephaly in unborn children at all stages of pregnancy. That is pretty scary to think about. Fortunately, cases of Zika-related microcephaly in the United States are low.
 
Zika can also cause issues for adults. Outbreaks of Guillain-Barre syndrome have been linked to this virus. This is a rare disorder that is often preceded by a respiratory infection and can cause a weakness in the body and result in paralysis of the limbs. While Zika is certainly a virus to be cautious of, it isn't the worst mosquito-borne virus we deal with in the United States.
 
Most U.S. citizens have heard of malaria. This is a mosquito-borne virus that is linked to the deaths of more than a million people worldwide every year. But, in the United States, we've only had isolated outbreaks of malaria. So, while this is a well-known disease, it is also not the virus we deal with most. So, which one is?
 
In order for a mosquito-borne virus to have a serious impact, it must be locally transmitted. In the case of Zika and Malaria, local cases of transmission have been small and relatively isolated. This is because there is no local reservoir here in the states.
 
What is a virus reservoir? This is a group of local mammals that store the virus in their bodies and carry it through the winter. Most mosquitoes in North Carolina don't make it through the winter as adults. Therefore, viruses don't make it through the winter inside mosquito populations, the viruses die with adult mosquitoes. In spring, when new mosquitoes hatch, they have to contract new viruses in order to spread disease.
 
While Zika, malaria, and many other mosquito-borne viruses do not have a local reservoir, there are a few that do. The most widespread is the West Nile virus. It has a distribution that has touched every state in the U.S.
 
Not only is it widely distributed, but it is also an illness that can be deadly. Early symptoms are similar to the flu (headaches, fever, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting) but, as the illness progresses, it has the potential to cause internal organs to shut down.
 
Many viruses spread by mosquitoes can lead to death. Fortunately, death is a rare outcome due to the robust health care infrastructure here. But viruses such as yellow fever, chikungunya dengue, and the viruses listed above, can be very uncomfortable.
 
Often, encephalitis (swelling of the brain) is associated with these viruses. There are also distinct encephalitis diseases such as Eastern equine encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and more.
When mosquitoes come into our North Carolina yards, they have the potential to do more than plague us with itchy bites. If you're noticing unusual spikes in flu-like illness, mosquitoes could be the culprit. That is why every resident should consider a residential pest control program that includes mosquito control.
 
At A-1 Pest Control, we bundle seasonal mosquito reduction service in our Home Shield Plus and Home Shield Complete pest control programs. This gives our customers the protection they need without breaking their wallets. Home Shield Plus and Home Shield Complete include 8 scheduled treatments and year-round coverage for over 15 pests, including ticks, fleas, stinging insects, and mosquitoes. This is vital protection that every family should have.
 
If you live in Lenoir, Mooresville, Hickory, Blowing Rock or the surrounding areas, let A-1 Pest Control guard your family from pest-borne diseases and protect your property from destructive pests. Our team is one of the best in the industry, having earned the QualityPro Seal of excellence from the National Pest Management Association. This is a distinction that less than 3% of pest control companies can boast. That means you'll get quality service and effective pest control, every time.

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    [openingParagraph] => <p>Recent years have seen an increase in pesticides that dub themselves &ldquo;green.&rdquo; These pesticides promise to be more friendly to the earth than conventional pesticides, while also being safer for humans. However, often these &ldquo;green&rdquo; pesticides are not all that they seem to be. In this post, we&rsquo;ll take a look at some studies on green and natural pesticides, and debunk some of the common myths about green pest control.</p>
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<p>This is one of the big problems with the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; when it comes to pesticides: there isn&rsquo;t an established standard that sets parameters for being categorized as green or natural. Under EPA regulations, the only term that is cleared for use is &ldquo;organic,&rdquo; which leaves the possibility open that the sorts of pesticides being used by companies dubbing themselves green are not actually all that they claim to be. In some cases, companies may be using the term &ldquo;green&rdquo; or &ldquo;natural&rdquo; to make their pesticides more appealing to customers who are looking for alternative options. Because there is no regulatory mechanism that defines &ldquo;green&rdquo; and &ldquo;natural&rdquo; pesticides what they actually are can vary wildly--they might not all be as eco-friendly as they&rsquo;re advertised.</p>
<p>To get a better understanding of green pesticides and pesticides in general, here are some frequently asked questions.</p>
<p><strong>Q:</strong> What are the benefits of green pesticides, when compared to more conventional pesticides?</p>
<p><strong>A:</strong> That&rsquo;s sort of a difficult question to answer, because the term &ldquo;green pesticides&rdquo; isn&rsquo;t exactly well defined. But generally we&rsquo;ve observed that pesticides that call themselves green work less effectively than the traditional ones.<br><br></p>
<p><strong>Q:</strong> Really? Less effective?</p>
<p><strong>A:</strong> Yes. Because they aren&rsquo;t standardized there&rsquo;s a lot more product variability. We can&rsquo;t say for sure that they&rsquo;re all less effective, we&rsquo;ve just found that they don&rsquo;t always do the job as well as other pesticides.<br><br></p>
<p><strong>Q:</strong> Would you recommend using them?</p>
<p><strong>A:</strong> We wouldn&rsquo;t recommend using something with so little oversight.</p>
<h4><br>So, How Safe are Common Pesticides?</h4>
<p>Common pesticides can be safe, when they&rsquo;re applied properly. Many of the concerns that common pesticides and herbicides elicit are caused by improper use or application. Proper application of a pesticide requires a careful analysis of the surrounding area (to ensure none gets into a water supply), correct decision making when choosing the kind of pesticide, properly following label directions, wearing the proper protective gear, and using the correct amount of the actual product to ensure that there is no damage or danger, just to name a few. That&rsquo;s why, when it comes to making these decisions and deploying properly, <a href="/">we recommend consulting a professional</a>--and no one lives up to high standards of effectiveness and professionalism like A1 Pest Control.</p>
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While “green” pest control is now more sought out, it's not as effective or earth-friendly as it's marketed. Learn the truth as we debunk some common green pest control myths.

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<p>We all know that mosquitoes cause itchy welts. But there isn't a whole lot we can do about that. We're going to get bitten if we go into a location that has lots of mosquitoes. For most of us, the threat of itchy bites doesn't keep us from enjoying life. We just shrug it off. But we shouldn't. If you're a shrugger, you should know that mosquitoes spread many illnesses that we mistake for the flu or the common cold. If you'd like to be sick less, one of the best ways to do so is to prevent bites. Mosquito bite prevention can actually have a dramatic impact on how many bites you receive. Mosquito bites aren't as inevitable as you may think.</p>
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<p>Spray repellent on your skin or on your clothing to ward off bites.</p>
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<p>Use a repellent with oil of lemon eucalyptus if you prefer a natural option.</p>
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<p>If you'll be in a location that has lots of mosquitoes, consider wearing clothing that has mosquito netting.</p>
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<p>A good breeze will keep mosquitoes off you much better than the smoke from a campfire. If you're having a cookout in your backyard, consider running an extension cord and putting some fans outside. That will push those mosquitoes away.</p>
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<p>Wear bright colors to make it harder for mosquitoes to lock onto you.</p>
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<p>Wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants to give mosquitoes less skin to target.</p>
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<p><strong>The Shut-In</strong></p>
<p>We all know that mosquitoes can carry diseases. You may even know that those illnesses go far beyond Zika, West Nile, yellow fever, chikungunya, malaria, dengue, and other well-known viruses. You may understand that there is a long list of mosquito-borne diseases that can cause encephalitis. And if you know that encephalitis is inflammation of the brain, you may have decided that you're never going to go out of your home again. If you're a shut-in, you should know that mosquitoes aren't born with pathogens. They contract them from animals or humans. Most of the mosquitoes that bite you are mosquitoes that hatch on or near your property because mosquitoes don't travel very far, generally. That means you can seriously affect how many bites you get by investing in <a href="/mosquito-control">mosquito reduction</a> for your property.</p>
<p>If you live in our North Carolina service area, <a href="/contact-us">give us a call today</a> to get started with professional mosquito control you can trust.</p>
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