Why Does The Weather Help Spread Mosquito and Tick Borne Diseases?
The rise of mosquito and tick borne diseases concerns us all. With changes in our global climate, there are some parts of the globe that are seeing a significant increase in the amount of infections diseases transmitted by these pests, because warmer temperatures are making it easier for them to survive.
Spurred on by climate change, international travel and international trade, disease-bearing insects are spreading to ever-wider parts of the world. This means that more humans are exposed to viral infections such as Dengue fever, Chikungunya, Zika, West Nile fever, Yellow fever and Tick-borne encephalitis.
More and more of us are becoming susceptible to being bitten by these critters because they are starting to acclimatize themselves to urban environments. No longer do we need to be stepping into woodland to be a risk of a tick bite! They can be right there in your own back yard.
These diseases are potentially life threatening. Both mosquitoes and ticks may be tiny, but they have the potential to kill. So wherever you reside, make sure your tick and mosquito control is up to date to protect not only your family, but your pets too. There are also other preventative actions you can take, such as emptying any standing water in your yard, so that mosquitoes can’t breed there.
are you sure your rain barrel is safe? Are you sure it won’t turn into a mosquito factory once the weather warms up?It can happen. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and if you don’t mosquito-proof your rain barrel, you could be swimming in mosquito larvae very quickly.
The weather has a lot to answer for when it comes to giving these pests a chance to thrive. We may not be able to do something about the forecast, but we can do something to provide protection from ticks and mosquitoes in our own homes.