Each year, we hear more and more about the various viruses and diseases spread by the mosquito all over the world. For the past few years, the latest and most publicized in the U.S. is the Zika virus. The Zika virus is transmitted mainly by mosquitoes but is also transmitted sexually by folks who have no idea that they have contracted the disease from a bite. The symptoms include severe headaches, bloodshot eyes, fever, rashes, and painful joints and muscles. These symptoms usually last around seven days and then disappear. Unfortunately, the Zika virus has much dire consequences in pregnant women. Zika can be transmitted from mother to baby and can cause microcephaly, a brain condition where the baby’s brain and head is much smaller than it should be and often have intellectual disabilities related to the condition as well. This defect can happen at any stage of development of the fetus.
It is primarily the Aedes species of mosquito, also called the yellow fever mosquito, that we have to thank for the Zika virus. This mosquito lives in the tropical areas of South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia as well as the southern part of the United States. Though only Texas and Florida have reported organic cases of the Zika virus via a mosquito bite so far to the CDC, the potential for this virus is spreading and it is essential that anyone living in the lower 48 states is prepared.
Every homeowner should be doing what they can to help keep the mosquito population in check. Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, so it is essential to reduce these areas around your home. That includes frequently changing water in bird baths, removing excess water from plant pots and the plates they sit on, emptying pet dishes, and kiddie pools as well as cleaning out the gutters so water runs smoothly. Homeowners should also address the areas where mosquitoes hide from the hot mid-day sun. Keep all bushes and grass trimmed neatly and away from the side of the home and keep debris piles to a minimum. This is also the time of the year when you want to be very careful about keeping all screens in the windows and doors leading inside the home in good repair so that mosquitoes do not find their way in.
Mosquito control is not always easy. These pests can travel quite a way to find new areas to lay eggs and to find food. You can control mosquitoes and other outdoor pests by giving Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions a call. Our technicians are well acquainted with the threat of mosquitoes and ways to keep them in check. Contact us today and someone from our team will be happy to inspect your home and go over the options available to best protect your home and your family.