Five Diseases Mosquitos Spread In Oklahoma

Thrive Pest Control makes it their business to understand everything about pests. Their staff arms themselves with the know-how to get rid of insects, spiders, and rodents. We have taken a special interest in mosquitos.

Thrive Pest Control is all too aware of the suffering, and loss mosquitos have generated. Take some time to get to know our menace and what it does. Thrive Pest Control wants to protect all the members of our community from bites and disease. Below is a little information readers might find interesting.

Mosquitos have bitten everyone at one time or another. A majority of the time, a small bump appears, and we start itching. Bites are easily remedied with calamine lotion or anti-itch creams. These are the everyday garden variety pests.

For centuries, humankind has thought of the mosquito as no more than an irritant. It wasn’t until 1889 that scientists discovered mosquitos were carriers of diseases. During the Civil War, doctors recognized many of the soldiers weren’t dying from gunshot wounds; they were dying from Malaria. Historical records show over 10,000 soldiers died from the disease in just 4 years.

In Oklahoma, we have mosquitoes; however, the area is lucky that the insects’ carrying disease are rare.

Oklahoma has five types of illnesses spread by mosquitoes the public needs to be aware of:

  • West Nile Virus: Most people develop no symptoms at all. Some get headaches, muscle aches, rash, and fatigue that can last for weeks. Serious complications include Encephalitis and meningitis. Death is infrequent.
  • Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis: This is very rare; most cases are in the southern United States. Causes a brain infection leading to neurological conditions. Only 9 cases were reported in the U.S. in 2019.
  • St. Louis Encephalitis: This is another encephalitis that causes swelling in the brain. However, there is no antibiotic able to combat this virus; doctors can only administer comfort care and supportive therapies. Researchers agree prevention of other illnesses is vital to recover fully from the virus.
  • Dengue: Although rare in the United States, this virus affects 100 countries, and over 20,000 people die each year. It causes internal bleeding and, if severe, death. Most viruses, once infected you cannot be reinfected. Dengue has hit people as many as four times. There is no medication to treat this illness.
  • Zika Virus: Symptoms are mild, if at all. They include fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, and headache. Zika’s real danger is to pregnant women. Babies are born prematurely and suffer from physical deformities and neurological complications.

Thrive Pest Control is committed to the welfare of our community. Pests don’t just pester us; they spread disease. Our job is to rid your home or business of any pests, providing a clean, healthy environment for everyone. Our products and processes have made your family or employees’ safety our priority.

We are a locally owned and operated family company that takes pride in our work. We treat year-round and will come when you call us. Our technicians will work to make your house pest-free and give you suggestions on keeping the pest away. Thrive Pest Control wants to be your go-to pest control expert.



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