The team at Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s is closely monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation. As always, we continue to focus on our commitment to protecting our communities in Virginia. As this current pandemic unfolds, there is a lot of information coming out each hour about the nature of this virus. One of the main concerns is, of course, how it is spread. We’ve received a lot of inquiry about whether insects can transmit COVID-19. Data and information is changing constantly, but to date, there is no evidence or proof that mosquitoes and ticks transmit COVID-19. These vector pests are infamous for transmitting diseases worldwide. Thankfully, coronaviruses are not included in these.
In this post, we’ll explore the differences between vector-borne diseases and COVID-19 with help from the CDC to help dispel myths about transmission of this dangerous virus.
Vector pests are organisms that transmit diseases to humans, typically through bites. The two most infamous vector pests are mosquitoes and ticks. Together, they are responsible for transmitting some of the most dangerous and deadly diseases around the globe. Diseases spread by mosquitoes include malaria, Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya, and yellow fever, among others. Ticks are most known for the transmission of Lyme disease, which is the most common vector-borne disease in the country.
Is Coronavirus Spread by Mosquitoes and Ticks?
COVID-19 is not spread by vector pests like mosquitoes and ticks. Coronaviruses are different from vector-borne diseases in the following ways:
- All research points to the fact that COVID-19 is a respiratory virus likely spread through person-to-person contact.
- Coronavirus spreads through droplets from saliva or nasal discharge, often generated when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It is also able to be transmitted through contact with a contaminated surface.
- SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and now COVID-19 are all known as zoonotic coronaviruses – viruses that have jumped the species barrier from their normal animal hosts to humans.
Pest Control During a Pandemic
As the weather warms up, it’s understandable that people are concerned about disease transmission from insects. Even though information about COVID-19 is in constant flux, there is currently no scientific proof that vector pests can transmit coronaviruses. As always, it’s important to take caution in the presence of pests and to always enlist the help of a professional exterminator such as Ehrlich who can provide pest control services in these uncertain times.
With the safety of our communities and customers at the top of our priority list, we encourage everyone to seek more information on COVID-19 and follow guidelines released by the WHO, CDC, as well as your state and local public health agencies.
Can Pests Transmit COVID-19? in Virginia
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