We understand how uncertain times are right now and how our community is being
affected. That is why we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to stay up to date with the latest information. Our focus is to keep our families, employees, and customers safe and healthy. With news about the nature of the virus is being constantly updated, there are still endless questions about how it can spread. At this time, there is no evidence or proof to suggest that mosquitoes and ticks transmit the Coronavirus. Although these insects responsible for some of the world’s worst diseases with their bites, COVID-19 is thankfully not one of them.
However, we would like to discuss the differences between vector-borne diseases and the Coronavirus to help dismiss common myths about how it is spread.
Are Mosquito Bites Transmitting the Coronavirus?
As of right now, there is no scientific evidence that mosquitoes and ticks transmit the Coronavirus. COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that is spread through person-to-person contact. The Coronavirus can spread through droplets of saliva or nasal discharge, which is often produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It can also be transferred by contact with a contaminated surface and is progressively considered to be an airborne virus. However, diseases spread differently by mosquitoes and ticks.
Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes and Ticks
Mosquitoes and ticks are considered vectors. A vector in the pest world are pests that spread diseases to people through biting. Mosquitoes and ticks are feared because they transmit dangerous diseases.
Mosquitoes are able to transmit some of the deadliest diseases, including malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, and more.
Ticks are known for spreading Lyme disease, which is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.
If the mosquitoes and ticks feed off a diseased host, they can transfer pathogens that can infect other people that it bites.
Mosquito Prevention During a Pandemic
Mosquitoes may be feared for their transmission of diseases, but, again, the Coronavirus is not one of them. However, mosquitoes are still a threat and it is important to take caution. Always enlist the help of a professional exterminator to prevent dangerous insects. Our team continues to provide essential pest control services to our communities during these trying times.
At ATEC Pest Control, we can control your winter pest issues. Our goal is to ensure your home is pest-free. So keep winter bugs away by calling 256-533-6754 or by going online to schedule your appointment!