Contrary to popular belief, most insects and ticks are harmless. Bugs such as scabies, lice and bed bugs are a nuisance and not reportable to the health department. Ticks carry and transmit of a number of diseases that affect both humans and other animals. Mosquitos are not only annoying, they can transmit extremely harmful diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, West Nile virus and many other infectious diseases.
Infestations of insects and ticks are not reportable to the health department, however, the diseases that they may transmit are reportable. The health department is responsible for investigation and follow-up, education to guide the individuals on prevention strategies, assurance of proper treatment and monitoring disease rates and trends.