Where Does the West Nile Virus Come From?
It was difficult to disregard the media storm surrounding the surge of West Nile Virus cases reported in 2012, with a record number of people infected throughout the United States.
The main culprit when it comes to West Nile is the mosquito, a pest that some homeowners may find themselves unconsciously growing more comfortable with around their property.
Where Do Mosquitoes Come From?
Jerry Geraci, Western’s Mountainside, NJ Branch Manager, warns, “Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and can be found in anything that is going to hold water along someone’s property.”
Mosquitoes should not become an acceptable pest nuisance, specifically due to the potential health risk they pose for you and your family.
How to Prevent Mosquitoes
Luckily, there are outdoor maintenance steps you can take to lower the possibility of these blood-suckers making themselves at home throughout your lawn.
Be sure to keep your lawn maintained and remove clutter and debris, which can collect rainwater and give mosquitoes an easy-to-miss but ideal breeding ground.
Remove standing water from:
- Children’s toys
- Flower pots
- Pet dishes
Also be sure to stay on top of your lawn up keep and remove clutter and debris.
Mosquitoes may ruin a backyard BBQ but they have the ability to do even more than that. The number of West Nile Virus cases reported throughout the nation this year has been cause for heightened concern.
The need for preventative measures and overall knowledge about the West Nile Virus is essential in order to keep you and your family healthy and happy in the last weeks of summer.
What is the West Nile Virus?
- The West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.
- The mosquito is infected by this disease if it has recently fed on an infected bird.
It is essential to note that not all mosquitoes are infected with this disease, meaning not all bites could result in an infection. Along with that, not everyone who is bitten by an infected mosquito will have West Nile Virus-like symptoms.
The best way to recognize whether or not you or a family member has been infected with WNV is to know what warning signs to look for.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of West Nile Virus can be similar to a mild “flu-like” illness. Many people suffer from zero symptoms, but around 20% of infected bites will lead to West Nile fever.
Symptoms may include:
- Possible skin rash
It is also important to recognize the potential for severe West Nile disease, where symptoms include:
- High fever
- Neck stiffness
- Paralysis or convulsions
This will only occur in 1 out of 150 people who are infected, but the importance of WNV knowledge is essential in the final days of summer.
The rise of West Nile Virus infections has become a public health threat, making prevention and mosquito knowledge even more important in the summer months.
Keep your summer a happy one and learn more about Western’s comprehensive Home Pest Control Plans.
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