Impact of Growing Tick Encounters with Humans
by Mark Taylor
Impact of Growing Tick Infestations on Humanoid you know that vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases in the world, taking more than 700,000 lives each year? This was revealed by the World Health Organization (WHO). Diseases, such as dengue, malaria, West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, and schistosomiasis are affecting thousands of people worldwide, each day.
But what is the cause of these vector-borne diseases? The answer is anthropods, such as mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, that feed on human blood and can be found almost everywhere on the planet. Vector-borne diseases are the result of the infection transmitted to humans and other animals via other living beings, including mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, which serve a key role of infectious disease vector, since they harbor pathogens that cause disease only in susceptible populations.
Due to the difficulty in predicting the habits of mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas, vector-borne diseases are really hard to prevent and control. Fortunately, there are various pest control services that are dedicated to ridding homes and offices of these pests to create a healthy environment.
With the increased instances of vector-based disease outbreaks in the world and the effect of climate change on pest proliferation, the insect pest control market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 5.67% to reach $17.35 billion by 2022, says a report published by Markets and Markets.
Lyme Disease: Gripping US Much Faster
In the US, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness. In 2015, it was the sixth most common nationally notifiable disease. The disease causes over 300,000 estimated human illnesses annually in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis are the most deadly tick-borne rickettsial diseases that are responsible for over 4,000 cases each year in America, some of them resulting in death.
The disease is an infection caused by several strains or genetic variants of the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb). The bacteria is carried by an infected tick and is easily transmitted to humans and other animals like pets and livestock when the tick bites them.
A blog published by Heritage Pest Control states that when you are living in areas where the tick population is high, it is best to follow some self defence techniques like tucking the pants into high socks to keep your ankles covered, using tick repellent on exposed skin, clothes, tents and other products, bathing as soon as you step into the house, etc.
Tick Population is only Booming
2017 is believed to be a nightmare, since this year, the tick population has increased significantly in the US and tick-borne diseases are on the rise.
According to an article published in The New York Times on July 24, 2017, the expansion of suburbs and attempts to conserve wooded areas are causing the tick population to
increase. With the increase of bushy forest areas, the number of deer and mice is also increasing. These animals serve as ample source of blood for the bloodsucking ticks.
Moreover, recent climate changes have also contributed to the expansion in the range of the eight-legged bacterial vectors. Shorter winters have increased the time when ticks can thrive and bite humans. Moreover, warmer weather is allowing ticks to expand their range into places like Canada.
Many strategies are being used to combat the increasing spread of tick-borne diseases, such as the mouse vaccine, interrupting the tick’s ecological circuitry by targeting the wild animals that pass along and spread the disease. These strategies will take their time to show results and finish off the tick population as a whole.
In the meantime, if you live on property that is frequented by wildlife and susceptible to tick infestations, the first course of action is called the best exterminators, those who use eco-friendly pest control techniques and secure your home against these tiny invaders.
by Mark Taylor