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What You Need to Know About Mosquitos and Zika virus

Summer is coming! This means sunshine, hiking, camping, lots of outdoor adventures - and mosquitoes. These pesky bugs are at their peak in July and August, and aside from being disgusting and annoying, the wrong one can be carrying viruses which could cause serious problems.

 

There are thousands of species of mosquitoes - over 3000 worldwide. In the United States, there are only 2 species that we need to be concerned about when it comes to Zika virus. Yellow fever mosquito (also known as Aedes aegypti), carries Zika, chikungunya, and dengue; Asian tiger mosquito (a.k.a Aedes albopictus), which also carries Zika, chikungunya, and dengue.

 

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, even something as small as a discarded soda bottle cap. Clear the water from outdoor kids' toys, birdbaths, flower pots, clogged gutters—even the tarp you toss over the wood pile, if any little puddles tend to collect there. Mosquitoes take about a week to grow from egg to adult, so go on a water-dumping expedition every four or five days to ensure you're not playing host to the next generation.

 

A little over a year ago, Zika wasn't on most Americans' radar. These days the World Health Organization considers the virus an international public health emergency. Symptoms are typically mild, and include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, but only one in five report any symptoms.While Zika virus is obviously a concern for expectant mothers due to the risk of birth defects, it is still a concern for everyone. The virus has also been tied to Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes the immune system to damage nerve cells. For women, it's believed the Zika virus clears within two weeks, resulting in immunity. If you later get pregnant (the CDC recommends waiting eight weeks before trying to conceive), your baby will likely be fine. For men, it’s a slightly different story. Zika may survive months longer in semen. Men returning from a Zika-infected area should refrain from having unprotected sex for at least two months (six months if they've had symptoms), or for all of a partner's pregnancy.

 

What Can You Do to Prevent Mosquitos?

Mosquitos can be a huge pest, even if they don’t carry any diseases. If you need mosquito prevention services, your friends at DM Pest Control is ready and willing to do what it takes to ensure mosquito extermination.

To make sure your home is protected against mosquitoes, contact DM Pest Control today at (512) 905-4984.

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