Preventing Zika and Other Mosquito Borne
Illnesses in the Rainy Season
When the rainy season makes an appearance, it doesn’t just bring moisture with it. Mosquitos are drawn to damp places, and standing water or puddles created by the rain are particularly suited to attract mosquitoes. So how can you prevent the Zika virus from spreading?
As of July 7, 2016, the Zika virus has been diagnosed in 5,582 people in Puerto Rico alone. Positive tests for people with suspected Zika virus increased from 14% in February to 64% in June of 2016.
Symptoms of contracting the Zika virus last for several days to a week. Some symptoms you might expect to see include:
Other mosquito borne illnesses to watch out for are:
- • Dengue fever
- • Malaria
- • West Nile
- • Chikungunya
PREVENTION IS KEY
Because there is no vaccine for Zika, it is imperative that you take steps to protect yourself and your family from contracting it. Prevention is the biggest thing you can do to stay safe from Zika, and there are a number of measures that you can take to keep mosquitoes—and the deadly virus they carry—at bay.
Mosquitos are attracted to standing water such as ponds, puddles, and birdbaths because this is their ideal breeding ground. Even a bottle cap full of water can be enough for a female mosquito to lay her eggs. Get rid of all standing water on your property to help ensure your own and your family’s safety.
TRIM AND REDUCE VEGETATION AROUND THE HOUSE
Mosquitos tend to spend time where it is cool and damp, and that includes areas under thick plants. By trimming or even reducing vegetation around the house, you can take your Zika virus prevention a step further
MOSQUITO REPELLING PLANTS
Try repelling mosquitos the natural way by growing mosquito repelling plants in the yard or home. Some of these plants include:
Citronella grass, Lavender, Catnip, Marigolds, Basil, Peppermint
CLEAN UP YARD DEBRIS
Just like vegetation, mosquitos like to spend time in piles of dead grass or other debris such as old tires or children’s toys. Clean up the debris in your yard to prevent the unwanted visitors from making your home their home.
CALL ON THE PROS
Some pests can be difficult to get rid of, especially when they are hard to see. Because mosquitoes can pose such a threat to your health, it is a good idea to enlist the help of pest management professionals to add a layer of protection to your home and yard.
Professionals can get rid of mosquitoes by:
- • Spraying a mosquito barrier around the yard, in vegetation, and anywhere else that might be a breeding ground for mosquitos.
- • Using larvicides to eliminate mosquitoes in and around water sources, preventing these pests from breeding and creating even more of a hazard for the Zika virus.