The Most Common Diseases and Symptoms Caused By Public Pests

It’s hard to enjoy an outing when public pests like the common mosquito are swarming about, but did you know that their presence is actually extremely dangerous as well?

Public pests are more than just a nuisance that puts a damper on things, they can also pose quite a dangerous threat to yourself, your clients, and your employees. Certain insects carry and transmit a variety of diseases, including the Zika virus and Lyme disease.

As a pest-control business owner, customers turn to you to ensure that their homes and businesses are pest-free – not only to avoid the annoyance caused by pests, but more importantly to prevent the dangerous diseases carried by insects like mosquitoes and ticks.

It is essential for public health, sanitary purposes, and, of course, for the longevity of your operation, to make sure your pest control methods are safe and effective.

Common Diseases and Symptoms Caused by Public Pests

In order to safeguard your clients from pests and their corresponding pestilences, it’s important to understand the different diseases and symptoms.

Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Symptoms

So, why do mosquitoes suck blood? The purpose of mosquitoes’ doing so is actually so female mosquitoes have enough protein to reproduce and develop eggs. Although there is a scientific reason why mosquitoes need blood, they’re bites are still uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for humans.

Everyone knows that mosquito bites are horrifically itchy, but there are loads of diseases you can get from mosquitoes as well.

At best, your clients are left with an itchy and unsightly bite at the site. At worst, they may contract any of the following common mosquito diseases:

  • West Nile virus
  • Eastern equine encephalitis
  • St. Louis encephalitis
  • Chikungunya fever
  • Dengue fever
  • Yellow fever
  • Rift Valley fever
  • Malaria
  • Zika virus

Many of these illnesses could be serious, and sometimes fatal, if left untreated. If you, your employees, or clients have been bitten by a mosquito, look out for any symptoms associated with the above. As a pest control expert, it is important to understand the symptoms associated with these diseases.

So, what are the symptoms of mosquito diseases? While some symptoms may be very specific to a certain disease, many common ones that you should be aware of as a pest control expert include the following:

  • Rash
  • Joint or muscle pain, swelling, or stiffness
  • Flu-like symptoms:
    1. Fever
    2. Chills
    3. Headache
    4. Body aches
  • Lethargy, weakness, or malaise
  • Nausea or vomiting

Recent studies conducted by Boston University have shown that Mosquitoes have a stronger sense of smell for humans than we ever realized before. Mosquitoes have an extremely specialized, yet unconventional, olfactory system that is attuned to the smell of humans. While we all knew mosquitoes had a general interest in human blood, this new study has suggested that mosquitoes’ biological makeup sets them apart from nearly any other insect – making them particularly good at sniffing out humans to feed on.

Though it may not seem like it, mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world due to the diseases they often carry. If you, your employees, or clients experience any of the above symptoms and have recently been bitten by a mosquito, especially if it was a spotted mosquito, consult your doctor to rule out any of the serious illnesses that mosquitoes carry.

Tick-Borne Diseases and Symptoms

Some folks wonder if there’s a connection between mosquitoes and Lyme disease, but Lyme disease is most often carried by ticks. Ticks are especially dangerous, as they are very tiny, difficult to spot, and carry a number of diseases, including:

  • Lyme disease
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Bourbon virus
  • Colorado tick fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Heartland virus
  • Powassan disease
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever
  • Southern tick-associated rash illness
  • Tularemia

Ticks are absolutely ridden with diseases, so it is imperative to keep them off of yourself, your employees, and your clients and their animals (including house pets and cattle).

Symptoms of tick-borne illnesses will vary, but include:

  • Fevers
  • Chills
  • Aches
  • Pains
  • Rash

Often ticks remain lodged to our bodies, feasting on our blood and becoming engorged. If you notice a tick on your body, whether it is engorged or not, it should be removed immediately. If you have a bite and you’re not sure if it came from a tick, consult your doctor. Often, tick bites result in a trademark bullseye-pattern rash.

Here is some additional information you should know about ticks as a pest control expert:

  • Only certain species of ticks can spread disease in the United States – common disease spreading ticks include: 
    1. Rocky Mountain wood tick
    2. American dog tick 
    3. Deer tick 
  • Ticks can infect a person with more than one disease at a time; Lyme disease may be a concern, but it is not the ONLY concern after finding a tick on the body. 
  • If ticks are removed from the body within 24 hours, they’re less likely to infect a person with disease.
  • Diseases caused by ticks usually take a few days to present themselves with symptoms. 
  • Although there is not a specific season for ticks, they’re most likely to bite in the summer.

If you’re treating a client’s yard for ticks, it is safest to conduct tick checks on yourself every two to three hours. This can be done by simply looking at your clothes and body, particularly under your arms, inside your belly button, behind your knees, on your scalp, and between your legs. Keep in mind that these pests can be extremely small, so keep a very close eye on anything new that appears on your body or clothes.

Best Solution to Your Pest Problems

As a business owner, the onus falls on you to keep your facilities and properties clean and safe from public pests that otherwise wreak havoc if left undisturbed. Of course, Mother Nature will do her best to keep these pests prevalent, but taking some precautions will limit their presence or even eliminate them entirely.

Most managers elect to use exterminators to apply chemical treatment routinely. While this is an exceptional approach, it often comes as a great expense. This adds another item to the line sheet and diminishes the bottom line.

You could ax the exterminator and hope for the best, but if your business is muggy and buggy, then your customers and clients will feel crummy about you and your corporate image.

There has to be a way to combine the effectiveness of an exterminator’s treatment while reducing associated budget costs in the process.

Mistmaster® to the Rescue!

That’s what makes the Bask Mistmaster one of the most competitive options when it comes to managing these common pests. Instead of shelling out a prodigious sum of money for a piece of equipment that is unreliable and tends to have maintenance issues, all it takes is one simple investment in the easy-to-use, revolutionary misting equipment, and your problems will be solved.

Simply fill the Mistmaster with any of many insect control treatments to get rid of ticks and other pests immediately on contact. Supplement your efforts by spraying repellent in between treatments to keep the property pest-free! The Mistmaster makes quick work to administer the best yard treatment for ticks, mosquitoes, and other common pests on the property.

There are loads of reasons to try the Mistmaster today:

1. Peace and Quiet

Traditional methods require the use of gas-powered equipment that not only pollutes the environment, but also leaves management susceptible to noise ordinances and violations, incurring fines in the process.

The Mistmaster offers a quiet solution that is both effective and eco-friendly. Plus, no pesky fines from the local government to factor into that ever-important bottom line!

2. Easy Application

The Mistmaster is essentially 3 tools in 1, plus the wand sprayer is infinitely easier than a conventional pump spray application. All you need to do is fill the Mistmaster with the appropriate solution, point the wand, then spray to kill ticks and other pests, just like that!

The Bask Misting Wand is completely dripless; when spraying for clients, you will not leave puddles or streaks inside their home. Not only will this make you appear more professional to the client, but you will also save money through less waste of treatment.

The Mistmaster has the ability to treat indoor and outdoor areas quicker than traditional offerings. The efficiency of the Mistmaster will give you more time to visit more customers, therefore resulting in more money for your business.

Not only is it simple to point and spray away the pest presence, but it is also possible to purchase a more fixed installation alternative that is seen with our Misting Station. The Overhead Kit or Slim Riser Kit can be installed to automatically treat a property with a single click of a button from the long-distance remote control.

It’s portable, cordless, features a touchless application, and sprays up to 110,000 square feet without needing a refill! It’s easy to use and offers unbeatable convenience. The Bask Mistmaster has eliminated the failure pain that standard pump-up bottles cause for pest control companies with their defective handles, seals, and no-mixing treatment rules.

3. Diversify Your Pest Control Offerings

The Mistmaster acts as a multi-functional investment. Not only can your pest control business utilize the Mistmaster as a piece of equipment to treat customers’ homes and properties, but your business can also install these misting systems into clients homes to create an additional form of income.

The Mistmaster Misting Stations are simple to install, easy to maintain, and more affordable for clients than traditional misting systems. Becoming an installer of the Mistmaster creates the following opportunities for your pest control business:

  • Rent out the unit to clients/seasonal clients
  • Install the misting stations and sell unit to client
  • Charge clients for refill of treatment solution in their installed unit
  • Develop a monthly service plan for clients using an installed unit

When the Mistmaster is removed from a clients home or property after installation, it can be used as an additional tool for your business or installed in another clients home to continue creating profit for your business. By utilizing these unique offerings as an installer, you can differentiate your pest control business and improve your bottom line.

What do you have to lose? Purchase your Mistmaster 3-in-1 Compact Misting System today and find out how easy it can be to stay pest-free!

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