Mosquito season is on its way. Beautiful warmer weather brings on the dreaded mosquito season and the new concerns of the Zika Virus. Due to perfect seasonal conditions, mosquitoes are on the increase in the United States. However, not all mosquitoes carry the Zika Virus, but it is wise to avoid mosquitoes, especially if you are pregnant. You can protect yourself with mosquito repellent and by reducing the mosquito population around your home. For current updates on reported Zika Virus in your area, you can go to the CDC website.
This virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, and the symptoms include a headache, muscle and joint pain, red eyes and skin rashes. Some people do not show any signs of the virus, making this virus able to spread quickly. It has been known to cause birth defects in infants born to infected mothers. The virus lasts 6 weeks, so you should take precautions for at least that long after traveling to an area that has reported Zika Virus before becoming pregnant.
Approximately 4,600 cases of the Zika Virus have been reported in the United States, mostly due to travel. Texas and Florida are the only 2 states that acquired it locally. Adults infected with the Zika Virus are at a higher risk to give birth to infants with birth defects.
In Missouri, all reported cases of Zika have been only travel-related at this point. That is not to say that it can’t happen, there is also the risk of the West Nile virus from mosquitoes as well, so it is always wise to take precautions from any mosquito bites.
To reduce the population of mosquitoes in your yard, you should get rid of items or areas that acquire standing water, like puddles, gutters, pools, toys, tools, and other items left around your property. Trim back bushes and vegetation, keep your lawn short, remove trash regularly and keep tight lids on all of your trash cans to help reduce mosquito populations.
If you would like to minimize your property’s mosquito population effectively and efficiently you will need to contact a pest control service. If you live in the Missouri area you can give us a call at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, we are experienced and ready to help you reduce your mosquito population and your risk for the Zika Virus.
Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy your yard with your family and friends without being pestered by a buzzing, biting mosquito? You can get the relief you need with a mosquito control plan, so give us a call today, we look forward to speaking with you!