Zika & Pest ControlIn Summer on August 5, 2016 at 7:39 pm | Written by admin
What is Zika?
The Zika virus is a disease that is most commonly spread through bite of infected Aedes mosquitos. The Aedes mosquito has notable white markings on its legs and originates from Africa. However, it has spread and is found in Africa, Asia, Australia, South America, and North America. The Aedes mosquito is known as a stealthy biter, meaning you can’t always feel the bite until they are already attached. In addition, they are active throughout day, unlike other mosquitoes. Lastly, they have a preference for humans, which makes them particularly strong vectors for transmitting diseases.
Zika can be transmitted sexually and through blood transfusions, though the later is not confirmed. Additionally, Zika can also be transferred from mother to fetus during pregnancy. This is known to cause microcephaly, which is a condition where a baby’s head and brain is much smaller than average. Severe microcephaly is also linked to developmental problems, seizures, and other health issues.
Signs & Symptoms
Zika is recognizable by flu-type symptoms, although one in five people will not show any signs of the disease. Signs include red eyes, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, fever, and rash. Zika can be diagnosed through blood tests.
Currently, there is no vaccination available to treat the Zika virus. Additionally, there is no available medicine to specifically treat Zika. The CDC suggests: rest, acetaminophen (avoid aspirin), and plenty of fluids to treat the disease. If you suspect you have Zika, you should contact the department of health immediately. Pregnant women, the elderly, small children, and those with compromised immune systems should be especially mindful of the risks associated with Zika virus.
Prevention & Pest Control
Pest management alone cannot eliminate Zika. However, it can help prevent Zika from spreading. Professionals treat mosquitoes through a combination of methods. First, pest control looks for areas of standing water on the property, which is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. The areas are then tested and treated to prevent larvae from hatching. Also, an adulticide, which kills adult mosquitoes, will be applied throughout the property. View offers.
Mosquitoes are mobile and can travel between treated areas and non-treated areas, which is why homeowners cannot expect total mosquito eradication. Interestingly, Aedes mosquitoes tend to travel only about 300 feet or so, so mosquito control can actually be quite effective. After your yard is treated, you should experience a significant decrease in mosquito bites and see fewer mosquitoes.
Homeowners should take precautions, as well. You must eliminate standing water on property, and constantly monitor for water build up. As little as a half-inch of standing water in a flowerpot can provide the ideal conditions for mosquito larvae. In addition, you should avoid getting bitten, if possible. Consider wearing long shirts and pants treated with preventative spray that lasts throughout several washes. DEET mosquito repellants are also quite effective, and recommended by the EPA and CDC. The following measures can help prevent Zika and other mosquito transmitted illnesses.
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