The family dog isn’t the only one who has to deal with ticks as every family that has ever gone camping in Texas can testify. If that wasn’t enough, mosquitoes are actually considered to be the deadliest insects in the country according to the World Health Organization. This hypothesis is based on actual deaths that occurred because of the diseases that the insects were carrying when they decided to snack on their unfortunate victims. There was also an unusual spike in insect related instances last year. The year was also the deadliest time for the West Nile virus as well, a relatively new type of disease that is transmitted; you guessed it, by the ordinary tick.
Even pets aren’t safe from insect born diseases. Heart worms are a disease that is caused by round-worms. The larvae of roundworms are carried by mosquitoes which transmit it onto animals. Dogs and cats are the most susceptible to the deadly disease as compared to other animals.
Lyme disease can be transmitted to people through the bite of a specific type of infected tick. The disease leaves a horrible looking circular rash on the bitten area but that is only one sign of its path of destruction. If the condition is left untreated, the disease may affect the heart, joints and even the nervous system.
The West Nile Virus
The West Nile Virus (WNV) is perhaps one of the most common diseases that is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans. If that isn’t enough, there are no medications or vaccines that may prevent the virus from infiltrating the body in the first place. Worse case scenarios involve neurological illnesses.
Typhus fever comes in different types and is caused by tiny organisms called rickettsiae. These can be passed on to people through insects such as fleas, mites, lice and ticks. Typhus can occur in any age group and is usually contracted during travel to endemic areas especially when parasitic insects such as ticks and fleas are the most active. While an infection can occur throughout the year, there is more chances of transmission during the spring and summer months; a time when families usually spend their vacations outdoors.
News about the West Nile Virus may have you on high alert but there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the great outdoors.
“Oh that’s easy,” you say. “I’ll just take out my handy bug spray and insect repellant,” you say.
So why is Junior still scratching up a storm in his sleeping bag?
Prevention is Better than a Cure
Fortunately, you can ensure that you or your family never has to deal with any of these diseases by using a mosquito repellant with natural ingredients. Those pesky bugs will not be able to transmit any nasty diseases if they can’t get near you. Make sure that you pack a handy repellant in your travel bag or camping gear especially if you plan on setting up camp in the great outdoors south of the country.