Mosquitoes & Zika Virus

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What is the Zika Virus?

Originally found only in tropical and subtropical regions, Aedes mosquitoes carry the dangerous Zika virus, which is spread when individuals receive bites from infected females, and now live on every continent except Antarctica.

Symptoms of the virus present after a few days and include:

  • Fever
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Skin rashes
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Malaise

Research links Zika to microcephaly, a congenital malformation in babies, as well.

Individuals can get blood, saliva, or urine tests to receive a certain diagnosis, though no vaccines or treatments are available at this time.

In rare cases, people contract Zika virus through donated blood or sexual contact.

Prevention

To reduce the possibility of virus transmission, property owners should utilize habitat modification to keep populations of mosquitoes under control.

As the pests breed in standing water, individuals should regularly clean and empty:

  • Buckets
  • Pots
  • Birdbaths
  • Pet water dishes
  • Tires
  • Roof gutters

Swimming pool water should be chemically regulated, and insect repellent should be used during prolonged outdoor activity.

Finally, limit time spent outdoors from dusk to dawn, as that’s when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquito Removal

  • While prevention methods go a long way to limiting the spread of the Zika virus, the only way to stop transmission altogether is eliminating populations of mosquitoes.
  • All life stages of the mosquito require standing water to survive. Identifying and using proven techniques to eliminate standing water is the most crucial element of an effective mosquito control program.
  • The use of mosquito larvicides are also instrumental to control the population density of the Aedes species.
  • Larvicides, when correctly applied, prevent mosquitoes from molting into adults who would then seek a blood meal.

Residual pesticide application may be required to intercept adult mosquitoes loafing on your property. These pesticides should be applied by a trained professional to prevent exposure of pesticides to non-target areas.

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