Mosquitoes are more than just pests. They carry disease. Most people are aware that mosquitoes can carry illnesses like West Nile. In recent months another virus, the Zika virus, has been hitting the news and the best way to protect yourself is by reducing your chances of getting bit by mosquitoes.
What Is the Zika Virus
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus closely related to dengue virus. Here is some information put out by the CDC:
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas.
• No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika).
• Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites.
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
• Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses
What Does That Mean For Me?
Zika virus is not the only mosquito borne illness to reach the United States. There have been increasing instances of West Nile in Florida in the last two years. And it has been a very warm and wet winter. That means the mosquito breeding numbers will be up.
Now is the time to put together a plan to protect your family from West Nile, Zika Virus and all mosquito borne illnesses.
Let Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg-Clearwater be your partner for reducing the mosquito population at your residence or business. Our technicians can help you put together a plan to make your yard virtually mosquito-free.
Whether you are interested in periodic sprays or whether you are interested in a permanent misting system; Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg-Clearwater can help. Our owner and our technicians all live here in St.Pete which means not only do we understand the local climate but we are quickly available when you need us.