4 Ways To Protect Yourself From The Zika Virus
How much is your health and that of your family worth to you? If you are like most people, you would do anything to ensure that your family members stay as healthy as possible. You may not even realize it, but a good mosquito control company can be a big part of helping to keep you and your loved ones healthy.
The Zika virus has taken front and center stage in international news. The virus is known to be spread via mosquitoes causing symptoms like fever, rash, achy joints, and red eyes. Those symptoms were previously un-alarming to most health officials until they began to suspect that it was connected with a severe birth defect. This is a neuro-developmental disorder that is connected to the development of small heads and underdeveloped brains in newborns. This new development has been the main reason for alarm in the health community.
While the virus is said to be more prevalent in certain countries in Africa and Asia, it has recently become a problem in South America, particularly Brazil, along with several cases in the United States. While there is no reason for panic at this time, health officials are stating that the best way to prevent the spread of the Zika virus is to fight mosquitoes.
Here are some ways you can begin to fight the spread of mosquitoes in and around your home:
Get rid of standing water. Check for standing water in flower pots, buckets, and other areas in your backyard. These areas serve as popular breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Utilize an insect repellent. You can find a good insect repellent at any local drug store in a spray or lotion. If you tend to work outdoors, or plan to be out at night, it is a good idea to keep insect repellent on deck. Be sure to spray any exposed skin on your arms, neck, and ankles. There are several brands that are considered safe for young children. Be sure to ask your doctor about what may work best for your family.
Check screened in windows and other recreational areas for holes and tears. The mesh screen you use to allow air in, but keep insects like mosquitoes out, can be a great help in your quest to keep your family safe from infestations of mosquitoes.
Hire Pros to Spray insecticides. Inquire with your local Rhode Island pest control company about how you can use insecticides to safely get rid of mosquitoes that can potentially be carrying the Zika virus. No one is more skilled and aware of how to “prevent” the mosquitoes from being near your home and family. They can also provide advice about ways to dispel standing water, provide help on the “best” types of insect repellent and if they are a thorough pest control company like Northeast Region Pest Control LLC in Rhode Island, they will treat any standing water with larvicide, and most importantly they will treat areas where the adult female mosquito rests during the heat of the day to drastically reduce the mosquito population on your property.
Perhaps, the best way to fight the Zika virus at this moment is to educate yourself. The more you know about what Zika is and how it is spread, the better you will be able to protect yourself. The next step is to be vigilant about the potential spread of the virus. Utilize the steps above to ensure that you can continue to enjoy your everyday work and recreational activity.