Mitigation Vital to Keys Tourist Economy
Mosquito-control operations are targeted against three different problems:
Nuisance mosquitoes bother people around homes or in parks and recreational areas
Economically important mosquitoes reduce real estate values, adversely affect tourism and related business interests, or negatively impact livestock orpoultry production;
Public health is the focus when mosquitoes are vectors, or transmitters, of infectious disease.
Disease organisms transmitted by mosquitoes include West Nile virus, Saint Louis encephalitis virus, Eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus, Everglades virus,Highlands J virus, La Crosse Encephalitis virus in the United States; dengue fever, yellow fever, Ilheus virus, malaria, andfilariasis in the American tropics; Rift Valley fever, Wuchereria bancrofti, Japanese Encephalitis, chikungunya, malaria and filariasis in Africa and Asia; and Murray Valley encephalitis in Australia.
Chikungunya hits U.S. Mainland
The first locally acquired cases of Chikungunka were reported in Florida on July 17, 2014. These cases represent the first time that mosquitos in the continential United states are thought to have spread the virus to non-travelers. The Florida Keys are especially suitable as a breeding ground for these and other mosquito borne diseases including heartworm in dogs and cats. Making Mosquito control of vital concern for all pet owners in the Keys.
Vital to your pet's health
Heartworm is the #1 killer of pets in the Florida Keys. In the past two years the diagnosis and treatment of heartworn, carried by mosquitos has increased by over 200%. Heartworm disease has been reported in all 50 states. And the bite of just one mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae will give your dog heartworm disease. It takes about seven months, once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. They then lodge in the heart, lungs, and surrounding blood vessels and begin reproducing. Adult worms can grow up to 12 inches in length, can live 5-7 years, and a dog can have as many as 250 worms in its system.