New England—in our case, Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut—is prime mosquito territory in the wet spring and summer months. Mosquitos can carry blood-borne diseases to worry about. While we don’t have to worry about some of the deadlier blood-borne diseases like Malaria, mosquitos in our region do spread other diseases.
Diseases to Worry About in New England
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)
As recently as last fall, EEE forced after-school activities to be canceled, nighttime activities to be postponed, and true concern for residents of New England. In the 2019 season, 28 human cases were reported and 10 human deaths occurred because of EEE.
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus, commonly referred to as West Nile or WNV, is not new to the region. 62 cases of encephalitis and seven deaths occurred in a single year because of the disease. There is no definitive treatment for WNV, so prevention is the best method.
In 2017, Zika Virus was a major concern for frequent travelers returning home to New England. This especially affected pregnant women who experience birth complications because of the virus. The diseases remain a concern and can be especially troublesome because of the side-effects, including paralysis.
Surfacing as early as the ’60s, Dengue Fever has been a long-time blood-borne disease with concerning side-effects. While many of the side-effects are not lethal, they remain a concern and something you should aim to prevent on your property.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
Regardless of the disease, the optimal way to prevent transmission to your family, or your pets is with a mosquito and tick reduction program. When away from your home, use our recommendations for prevention. Find out how to minimize your spread.
The team at Graduate Pest Solutions can help. Call us at 413-566-8222 or contact us with any questions or if you are experiencing a pest problem. We have the knowledge and service necessary to help keep your home pest-free!