You will find over 200 types of mosquitoes living in the United States and its territories. Approximately 12 out of 200 types of mosquitoes are infectious and can make people sick. Nuisance mosquitoes only bother people but do not spread any germs. However, you cannot differentiate between them, so protecting yourself from all types of mosquito bites is vital for your safety.
How Mosquitoes Get Infected?
A mosquito first gets infected by the germs and then spread these germs to people and animals. This process is done in the following steps.
- Mosquito bites a person to suck the blood.
- If that person has germs in his blood, germs pass from the mosquito’s gut to its stomach. It moves to salivary glands and multiplies there from the stomach, and this process takes 2-3 weeks.
- Only germs that grow and multiply in a mosquito’s body get transferred to another person or animal when the mosquito bites that person.
- The person or animal will then get sick.
Not every type of germ can be transferred to mosquitoes or people from mosquitoes. The spread of germ depends upon the type of germ, the germs entered during the blood meal, and environmental conditions like temperature.
Some mosquitoes can spread germs like parasites and viruses to animals and people. Many dangerous diseases like chikungunya, dengue, and zika-virus outbreaks have occurred in the United States and territories, including the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa.
Anopheles mosquitoes that can spread malaria were prevalent in the United States in the 20th century. Many other cases are being reported time by time due to different types of mosquito bites.
To avoid discomfort and diseases it is better to take preventive measures. Mosquito control MA is here to help you and your loved ones fight off the dreaded mosquito.