Mosquito Awareness and the Zika Virus

It is easy to get caught up in the hype of any media related news story! The Zika virus, as with the West Nile virus and other mosquito borne diseases should be cause for concern, but not panic. Education and awareness are important in how to react to the current threats.

The Zika virus is related to yellow fever, encephalitis, dengue, and West Nile. The first human case was noted in 1954 in Nigeria; however, in 2015, a large outbreak was documented in Brazil. Presently, in travel related cases, the virus has been tracked within the United States. Generally 1 in 5 people infected with Zika will show mild symptoms. The symptoms can develop over a period of ten days after exposure, and can last up to a week. During its early stage, the virus is present in the blood.

Once a mosquito bites an infected person, the virus can spread quickly to each person that the mosquito bites. One of the most concerning issues being researched involves women in pregnancy. The virus can be passed from the mother to the fetus causing serious birth defects.

Northwest Exterminating’s Green Mosquito Control program consists of monthly treatments during peak mosquito season, April through October, and is guaranteed to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard and around your home without harsh chemicals. Our licensed technicians use products derived from flowers and bacteria and apply them only to areas needed, reducing adult mosquito populations as well as mosquito larvae.

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