Can Insects Carry Coronavirus?

 In In The Media, Pest Control

The team at Isotech Pest Management knows how distressing and uncertain times are right now during the coronavirus pandemic. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation to stay educated as we continue to focus on our commitment on the safety and health of our communities here in the Los Angeles Metro Area. As always, we are committed to providing our customers with peace of mind. With so much information coming out hourly about this virus, we’ve seen a lot of inquiries about how coronavirus is spread. As of now, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that insects (mosquitoes in particular) are transmitting coronavirus. Although vector pests such as mosquitoes and ticks are certainly responsible for spreading dangerous diseases, COVID-19 is not one of them. Keep reading to learn more about vector-borne diseases versus coronavirus.

Transmission of Dangerous Diseases

From what we know from the CDC, there is no scientific evidence that mosquitoes and ticks transmit COVID-19. Coronavirus is considered to be a respiratory virus spread through person-to-person contact. This usually happens when droplets from saliva or nasal discharge are dispelled into the air when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or breathes. Research has also shown that it can be transmitted via contact with a contaminated surface. The diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks are not spread in this manner.

Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitoes and Ticks

Ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are vectors for infectious diseases. But what exactly does this mean? Vector pests are organisms that transmit diseases to humans through bites. Ticks and mosquitoes are feared worldwide for their roles in the transmission of dangerous diseases. Some of the facts about these diseases include:

  1. Mosquitoes are are able to transmit some of the most deadly diseases, including malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more.
  2. Ticks are most known for their ability to spread Lyme disease, which is currently the most common vector-borne disease in the United States.
  3. If these vector pests feeds off a diseased host, they can transmit pathogens that may infect other hosts it subsequently bites. This is how people are infected.

We’re Here For You

Mosquitoes may be feared for their transmission of diseases, but COVID-19 is not one of them. Regardless, the Isotech team understands mosquitoes are still a threat to commercial properties year-round. As always, it’s important to take caution in the presence of pests and to always enlist the help of a professional exterminator to prevent dangerous insects. Our team continues to provide essential pest control services to our customers in this time.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, we encourage our customers to seek more information and follow guidelines released by the WHO and the CDC, as well as their local and state public health agencies.

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