If bugs creep you out, you’re not going to like what you read next…

According to a new Center for Disease Control report, the number of Americans infected by bug-borne illnesses has more than tripled over the last decade. That’s pretty scary stuff, especially if you’re living in Florida.

As a tropical climate, Florida has its share of bugs and insects – from the poisonous to benign. But it’s not always the poisonous critters that you have to look out for. Often, it can be the bugs we label as simple “pests” that can pose some of the most significant risks. Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are all common carriers of potentially serious diseases that can be transmitted easily to us.

Common Bug-Borne Illnesses

  • Zika
  • Chikugunya
  • Dengue
  • Malaria
  • Lyme Disease

Some of these you may recognize, others you may not but what it important to know is that all of these bug-borne illnesses can pose very serious health risks… and Florida has reported cases for all of them.

Awareness = Prevention

If you’re thinking of visiting Florida, don’t let this scare you. We love our tourists and, for the most part, the presence of these disease carrying bugs do not pose imminent risks but it is good to be aware. Awareness is one of the most effective tools when it comes to preventing the spread of dangerous viruses.

In the case of 2016’s Zika outbreak, unwitting carriers of the virus visited Florida, prolonging the dissemination of the disease in concentrated areas. Because there was a lack of awareness as to the spread and control of the virus, authorities had difficulty getting the outbreak back under wraps.

If you’re going to be spending time outdoors — especially has we head into Florida’s wet season — make sure you take the proper safety precautions. You can minimize your risk of exposure to bug-borne illnesses by being prepared

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