According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, illnesses related to ticks, mosquitos, and fleas are increasing throughout the U.S. In 2015, there were less than 60,000 cases of reported insect-borne illnesses. But in 2016, that number skyrocketed to over 96,000. From 2004, the number of reported illnesses tripled across the United States. These figures shine a light on the growing problem of tick, mosquito, and flea-borne illnesses in the U.S. West Palm Beach pest control can control can help.

The question, of course, is why? Why have insects shown an unprecedented capacity to be a vector for diseases today and why does that number appear to be increasing exponentially each year?

Alongside the growing number of cases involving insect-borne illnesses are a growing number of different kinds of diseases that can cause illness. These include illnesses that we’ve all heard of like Lyme disease and some newer ones that only made the headlines recently like Zika and West Nile Virus. It’s rare that anyone contracted a disease from fleas, but when they did it was a very recognizable disease: The one they simply refer to as “plague” (the black death or bubonic plague).

Common Tick-Borne Illnesses

The most common tick-borne illness in the United States remains Lyme disease. Lyme disease is contracted in most commonly in rural areas or on camping trips. There are a number of ways to prevent Lyme disease, however, if you enjoy camping.

As it uncomfortable as it might seem, wearing long-sleeve shirts and full pants will expose less of your skin to ticks. Additionally, a simple bug spray or insect repellant can work wonders on exposed areas.

You can also reduce your chances of contracting the illness by clearing brush and leaves in your yard. Ticks love these areas and so do the rodents that carry ticks. If you have a lot of wood, stack it in a dry area that gets a lot of sun. After you’ve come home from a camping trip or expedition into the woods, be sure to check yourself, your family, or friends of ticks on clothing or skin. It will also help to take a shower after a trip to the woods.

If you’re bringing your pet along, check them too. Spray their fur with insect repellant.

Mosquito Borne-Illnesses

The most common mosquito-borne illnesses are West Nile Virus, dengue fever, and Zika. Again, the same techniques work on mosquitoes as ticks. Wearing long-sleeve shirts and using insect repellant are two excellent ways to ward off mosquito bites and the diseases that they spread. Make sure that all your windows have screens. Mosquitos don’t like air conditioning either. Lastly, make your home less attractive to mosquitos by removing standing water from flower pots, your gutters, sink dishes and pool covers.

Talk to a Florida Pest Control Specialist

Not only are the number of bug-borne illnesses increasing, but U.S. health officials are playing catch-up to ensure that the public is safe. A proactive and preventative approach to pest control will help ensure that your family is safe. Call Empire Pest Defense to set up and appointment today.