Diseases related to mosquitos, ticks, and fleas are all on the rise according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and U.S. health officials find themselves ill-prepared to deal with the growing number of insect-borne diseases in the country. While treatment and management of these diseases is the job of doctors, prevention of these kinds of diseases is the job West Palm Beach pest control experts.

Flea-Borne Illnesses

According to the CDC, flea-borne illnesses were the rarest of the bunch. This isn’t much comfort, however. The incidence of flea-borne illnesses continue to rise worldwide and the disease most often caused by fleas is none other than the bubonic plague (also known as the black death or simply plague). There are two other forms of plague known as pneumonic and septicemic plague.

The plague ravaged Europe throughout the Middle Ages and reduced the populations of major cities. While today instances of the plague are rare, many feel like it could make a comeback. There are reported incidences of plague even in the U.S. The plague is caused by bacteria and is most commonly spread by fleas. Fleas can infect your pet, but they can also infect rats, squirrels, and mice. When instances of the plague do occur in modern times it is largely because there is a rodent infestation nearby. The West Palm Beach pest control experts can help with the extermination and prevention of rodent infestations that may literally plague your home.

Treatment for the plague is successful when it’s caught early. Plague can be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms should go away around a week after treatment has begun.

Fleas can also cause Rickettsial diseases like typhus. These too are bacterial and can be treated with antibiotics.

Tick-Borne Illnesses

The most common form of tick-borne illness is Lyme disease. Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick. For those who live in areas where there are woods or in rural areas, reducing the tick habitat around your property is an excellent way to prevent Lyme disease. Empire Pest Defense can help spray around your home and ensure that the area immediately surrounding it is safe for you, your family, and your pets.

If you plan to spend time in the woods, you can reduce the risk of ticks by checking yourself and others on your trip periodically. Wearing long-sleeve shirts, pants, and using bug spray will reduce the likelihood of a tick problem.

Ticks cause a number of other diseases as well. Those that are found in Florida include anaplasmosis and tularemia. Anaplasmosis presents with flu-like symptoms and eventually progresses to bleeding problems, respiratory problems, and in cases where it’s not treated, death. If caught early on, anaplasmosis can be treated effectively with the antibiotic doxycycline.

Tularemia can cause fevers as high as 104℉. It is also a bacterial illness and it responds well to antibiotics. The disease will present itself in different ways depending on where it enters the body. It is the most serious when the disease has attacked the lungs and spread to the bloodstream.

Prevention Matters

Empire Pest Defense can help prevent tick and flea problems before they get out of control. Regular spraying and upkeep on the exterior of your home can prevent ticks and rodents from finding a comfortable place to settle. Contact Empire Pest Defense to set up an appointment.