It has been proven that mosquitos can transfer fatal diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, but can they transmit Ebola? If you’ve paid any attention to the news lately, you’d know that there has been a small outbreak of Ebola in the United States. It is not uncommon to wonder if mosquitos will play a part in this outbreak. However, you can rest assured that for now, the answer is no.
Mosquitos do not have these diseases innately. When they choose a host to extract blood from, they do not know what kind of auto-immune weaknesses the person may have. Female mosquitos need blood to create eggs. They digest the blood that they have taken and use it feed the eggs. From there, the mosquito will need blood for itself and will seek out another host.
The only way a disease can be spread from human to human via mosquito is if the infected blood is still in the female’s gut and has made its way to the saliva. The saliva is what mosquitos inject into their hosts and is the source of that insatiable itch that you feel. The image of mosquitos going from human to human sucking their blood is a common misconception. According to research right now, Ebola cannot make its way through the digestive process to find itself in the saliva of the mosquitos.
However, even with Ebola out of the picture, mosquitos are still dangerous because of the potential diseases that they can transmit, like West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). If you are concerned about mosquito control, call AllGreen. We offer a variety of packages to deal with mosquito control near your home. Call 617-327-5555 today for your free estimate or to schedule an appointment.