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The rise of bug-borne diseases has more than tripled since 2004, and there's no indication it's slowing down

Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report indicating that diseases from mosquitoes and ticks TRIPLED between 2004 and 2016. During those twelve years, there were more than 640,000 reported cases of vector-borne disease in the United States, though the actual number is likely much higher, as not all cases are reported.

There are many reasons for the increase in diseases by these bugs. Travel seems to be one of the reasons for the rise in mosquito-borne illnesses. People travel with much more frequency these days, and access different parts of the world more now than before. If someone traveling abroad gets bitten by a mosquito carrying a dangerous pathogen, once they return home it’s very possible to cause an outbreak. Even if the disease they are infected with isn’t “contagious” so to speak, all it takes is for one mosquito to bite them, pick up the disease in their blood meal, then it’s easily spread to the next person they feed on. This is how the Zika outbreak happened in 2016. Warmer weather seem to coincide with the spread of other disease, such as West Nile virus.

In this graphic from the CDC, you’ll see that Illinois is in the top 20% states with the highest number of mosquito-borne illnesses, with 2,582:

Ticks seemed to be responsible for the majority (77%) of cases, with Lyme disease accounting for over 80% of all tick-borne diseases. This increase has partly been attributed to people living in places where there are more deer, such as suburban areas near wooded spaces. Deer are a popular host for ticks, and more deer equals more ticks, and that means a greater chance of getting bitten by an infected tick. As you’ll see in the CDC graphic below, Illinois is in the second 20% of cases of reported tick-borne illnesses (with 3,685):

This is bad news all around, but the scariest part is that the CDC concluded that nearly 80% of vector control organizations need improvement in at least one or more of five core competencies, such as testing for pesticide resistance or even having an action plan to kill mosquitoes and ticks at every life stage.

Dr. Lyle Peterson, one of the authors of the CDC report, stated: “Our nation is not fully prepared to deal with this new onslaught of vector-borne diseases. We need better tools to control them and we need to strengthen health departments and vector-control organizations to deal with them as well.”

Knowing that government organizations have a long way to go to deal with mosquitoes and ticks is not a comforting thought, but you as a homeowner can take matters into your own hands, at least on your own property. Reports like this are exactly why Mosquito Squad exists — to give homeowners control over the mosquito and tick populations in their own yard, thus greatly reducing the chances of contracting a vector-borne illness. Our barrier control treatment can eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes and ticks on your property, and by having our professionals treat your yard once every 21 days, you can rest assured your family and pets are protected all season long.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Central Illinois to protect you and your family from mosquitoes, ticks and the dangerous diseases they carry today. Give us a call at 217-919-9292, or drop us a line via the contact form on our home page. Nobody can afford to wait for government organizations to protect them, all it takes is one bite from the wrong bug. Be proactive in your mosquito and tick control efforts and contact us today!

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