Reducing the Risk of Disease
Mosquitos can not only be irritating, but they can also put family and pets at risk for contracting harmful viruses — even in Miami Valley. Below are just a few of the common diseases transmitted by mosquitos:
- West Nile virus: The most commonly transmitted virus from mosquitos to humans, diseases from the West Nile Virus have surfaced in the U.S. — even in Ohio.
- Zika virus: A rising problem in the United States, the Zika virus has common symptoms of fever, rash, and joint pain, but is most dangerous to pregnant mothers and their unborn babies.
- Heartworm disease: Only one bite from an infected mosquito can give your dog heartworm disease, a potentially fatal illness.