Are Mosquitoes Carriers of COVID-19?
No, mosquitoes are not transmitting coronavirus. Here at Western Exterminator, formerly Hitmen, we are keeping up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation as it unfolds. As always, we are committed to the health and safety of our communities in the North Bay and East Bay Areas. We’ve seen a lot of myths surrounding the virus, and are glad to share that currently, there is no evidence or proof to suggest that mosquitoes and ticks transmit COVID-19. Everyone knows that these two insects play a role in the transmission of a number of deadly diseases from West Nile virus to malaria, but thankfully, coronavirus is not among those.
Using information from the CDC, we’ll explore the differences between vector-borne diseases and the coronavirus to help dispel myths about transmission in this post.
Can Insects Spread Coronavirus?
No, mosquitoes and ticks do not transmit COVID-19. Coronavirus is very different from the diseases spread by vector pests:
- Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that, to date, is spread through person-to-person contact.
- Research has shown that this virus spreads from droplets from saliva or nasal discharge, often generated when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It can also be spread through contaminated surfaces.
- COVID-19 is best avoided by avoiding exposure with infected persons. This is the biggest difference between mosquito-borne diseases and coronavirus, which is very contagious.
Worldwide Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes and Ticks
Vector-borne diseases are different than coronavirus in several ways. The most common vector pests are fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. They spread disease with their bites. Two insects in particular are infamous for their roles in the transmission of critical and serious diseases around the globe: mosquitoes and ticks. Mosquitoes are tied to some of the world’s most dangerous diseases including malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, and more. Ticks transmit Lyme disease, which is the most common vector-borne disease in the entire nation.
Our Team Is Here For You
Good news is that mosquitoes and ticks do not transmit COVID-19. However, they are still considered dangerous pests. Pandemic or not, our team is here to provide you with pest control services all year long. We are proud to stay committed to our goal of keeping our customers safe and healthy.