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Why the Weather May Be to Blame for Disease Levels

Drought condenses breeding grounds for mosquitoesIt’s no secret that the weather levels across the United States have been extreme this past winter and spring. From snow in the Northeast to extensive droughts in the West, trying to keep up with weather patterns almost requires a scorecard. Humans, however, aren’t the only ones who have been impacted by the arid and cold weather. Those tricky weather patterns have been affecting insects that carry potentially life-threatening diseases.

Just last year, California announced it had surpassed almost all previous West Nile virus case numbers, declaring 2014 the second-highest year on record for West Nile cases in humans. What’s particularly interesting about that, however, is that 561 of those patients involved a strain that is neuroinvasive and can be particularly deadly. California recorded 31 deaths in 2014 as a result, the highest ever in the Golden State.

So what’s to blame for the rising numbers? California’s drought could have something to do with it. Mosquitoes, which can transmit the disease to humans, use water to breed, and can’t survive without it. Due to the drought, their breeding areas have become condensed –– but they aren’t the only ones affected. Fewer choices for water supply spots mean infected birds may be in closer proximity, and in greater numbers, to mosquitoes.

Lyme disease may also be affected by the weather patterns in the Northeast. Ticks are known carriers of the disease, infecting hundreds of thousands of people each year with it. You may think that the cold weather killed off all of the ticks, but it may have done just the opposite. All of that snow provided a cover under which the pests were protected during the winter. That means that this may not be a mild season for Lyme disease after all.

Comprehensive Tick & Mosquito Pest Control Services with J.P. McHale Pest Management

Ban the bloodsuckers from your yard, and protect your family as much as possible from deadly disease, with the extensive tick and mosquito extermination offerings from J.P. McHale Pest Management. Serving communities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, our technicians will treat your property for mosquitoes, using a combination of traditional and commercial products to remove stagnant water and discourage them from invading your space.

Our tick control services are environmentally friendly and include treating grassy areas around your home to remove the tiny arachnids. You can cut down their numbers as well by removing grass clippings, keeping your lawn trimmed and clearing out dead leaves.

Take back your outdoor living space today by calling J.P. McHale at 800-479-2284 to remove the disease-carrying bugs from your yard. You may also visit our contact page for more information, including to submit a service request online.

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