Here are the Reasons Why We Need to Start Taking Control
The most recent health threat to the American population is the impending spread of the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus has caused an outbreak of health issues in South and Central American countries, most notably in Brazil. Brazilian health officials have reported an outbreak of the Zika virus, linking it to birth defects such as blindness and microcephaly. Zika is most often spread by mosquito bites, however, a person already infected can pass the virus to others who come in contact with their bodily fluids.
Why Zika Is Dangerous
When infected with the Zika virus, several symptoms can occur including fever, rash, and joint pain. However, the virus often goes undetected due to the lack evident symptoms. The main concern with the Zika virus is for women who are pregnant. During pregnancy, if a mother is infected with the virus, she can develop an infection and her baby can possibly develop life-altering birth defects. It is still unclear how the Zika virus causes these symptoms.
As of April 6, 2016, the CDC has reported a total of 346 Americans who have been infected with the Zika virus. Of that number, 32 are pregnant women. Seven patients contracted the virus sexually while visiting other countries. There has yet to be a known case of Zika spreading within the United States.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine available to combat this epidemic. The best way to combat this virus is to prevent the population growth of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito species, a known carrier of the Zika virus. Through means of pest control, you can prevent these mosquitoes from spreading Zika further into North America. This mosquito species is said to be present in at least 30 different states, including much of southern region where warmer temperatures allow them to thrive.
How To Prevent The Spread Of Zika
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in bodies of water such as pools, ponds, and even small puddles. They generally feed on humans during the evening hours when the temperature is cooler, but will feed during the day if disturbed. Spring is already upon us, and as the summer months close in, mosquito control is a must. You can protect your residential or commercial property by requesting pest control services from a company like UltraPro Pest Protection.
Not properly treating your property for mosquitoes puts yourself and others at risk for catching any mosquito-born viruses. Combating these mosquitoes is a group effort, and is especially important in areas where mosquitoes are known to heavily populate. A lot is unknown about the Zika virus and whether it poses any long-term effects. Until the medical industry gathers more information, it is up to us to prevent the virus from spreading.
DIY mosquito control is mostly ineffective against the species of mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus. Hire professionals like UltraPro Pest Protection, who are equipped with strong pesticides to prevent the spread of Zika and other dangerous mosquito-borne viruses such West Nile. Protect yourself and others by scheduling an appointment to treat your property today.