Mosquito season beginning in Tulsa -- do they help spread COVID-19?

Mosquito businesses seeing uptick during pandemic

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Mosquito Control said Thursday they’re seeing a significant increase in people wanting help dealing with mosquitos -- even for what’s already their busiest time of year.

They say they’ve had extra business as more people are at home or in their backyards during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the American Mosquito Control Association and the World Health Organization, there is no information nor evidence to suggest mosquitoes could transmit COVID-19.

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The Tulsa Health Department says COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that spreads primarily through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

Tulsa Mosquito Control deals with an average of 200 customers per week.

Mosquitos can still help spread diseases like West Nile virus, so the health department strongly encourages the use of insect repellent containing DEET to protect yourself.