You would have to be living in a cave to never have heard of the Zika virus. This dangerous pathogen that is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito is cropping up in many places around the globe. To date, there have been no transmissions of Zika within the United States, but we do have many who have contracted this virus in other countries prior to returning home. The CDC believes that it is only a matter of time before the mosquito population here in the U.S. could become infected by feeding on a person with the disease and then they could begin to transmit that virus to other people.
And, let’s not forget that the Asian tiger mosquitoes can carry other harmful pathogens as well, such as: West Nile virus, malaria, dengue, Chikungunya, and equine encephalitis to name a few. So, it is truly more important this year than ever to pay attention to mosquito elimination as well as mosquito bite prevention. It is important to also note that while many species of mosquitoes tend to bite during dawn and dusk hours, preferring to hide away during the heat of the day, this is not the case for the Asian tiger mosquito. This pest actually remains active during the entire day. So there really isn’t any ‘safe zone’ throughout the day when you can let your mosquito guard down.
Here are some practical measures for you to take to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes:
Minimize outside activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are generally more prevalent.
Take proactive measures to protect yourself throughout the day by wearing insect repellent with at least 20% DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus on exposed skin whenever you are outside and reapply at least every few hours; and remember to wear long sleeves, pants, and closed toed shoes whenever possible.
Be sure screens on windows, doors, and other openings are in good working order and free from rips and tears. Also, be sure to keep doors and windows without screening shut.
Mesh for screening on all openings should be 18 x 18 strands per inch, or finer.Being proactive to protect yourself is a great first step, but we all must do more to ward of the Zika virus and other harmful diseases that mosquitoes transmit. This includes taking measures to eliminate mosquito breeding and resting sites around your home.
Here are some practical measures for you to take to reduce breeding and resting sites on your property:
Mosquitoes only need a half inch of water to breed, so all standing water sources capable of holding that amount or more should be immediately eliminated. Common standing water sources include: flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, buckets, sandboxes, tires, and grills. Take notice of any low-lying areas of your yard that commonly collect water and fill them in.
Remove vegetation and trash from water sources that cannot be drained or removed.
Contact a licensed pest control company to obtain mosquito abatement services.
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