Mosquitoes are a nuisance people and animals. Recent news about the spread of the Zika virus has people wondering about how they should deal with mosquitoes around their home and property.
Mosquitoes annoy people and animals via bites. They disrupt outdoor work and recreational activities. The bites often cause mild allergic reactions such as swelling and itching. Although some people may react more strongly to the bites, severe reactions are uncommon.
Mosquitoes indirectly affect people and animals when they transmit disease-causing agents. Each year worldwide, mosquitoes affect millions of people by transmitting the pathogens that cause several serious diseases. Some of these mosquito-borne pathogens were once common in the United States; others appear occasionally because of international travel. The most common of these in Texas are West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus, and dengue virus. Two new mosquito borne viruses, Zika and chikungunya viruses, have emerged in recent years in the Americas and occur in many Central and South American countries, including Mexico. The potential for Zika and chikungunya viruses, while rare is of concern to us here in North Text.
We’ve recently updated our resource links to give you the most current information about the Zika virus and about dealing with mosquitoes.