Vector-Borne Diseases Widespread in Warmer Months

FAIRFAX, Va. (May 21, 2014) –  Vector-borne diseases are those transmitted to humans through another animal or insect. In the United States, mosquitoes, ticks and fleas spread the most common of these diseases.

Mosquito bites can cause West Nile virus, Eastern Equine encephalitis or dengue fever. Ticks are known to spread Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and fleas can be carriers of bubonic plague.

Preventing these pests from biting and entering homes is the best way to be protected from these diseases. Consult a pest professional to help treat for pests, and consult a physician if a family member has a bug bite and is experiencing symptoms.