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The Zika Virus and Mosquitoes – What You Need to Know

There is a mosquito-borne virus making headlines: the Zika virus. Prior to 2015, the Zika virus was predominantly found in Africa, Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands. However, the disease has been found in South and Central America and is wide spread now in Brazil. It’s believed it will spread to the rest of the South American countries and North America with the exception of Chile and Canada as the temperatures warm and mosquitoes become more active.

What is the Zika virus?

Zika is a viral infection. It is spread by mosquitoes that have previously bitten an infected person. According to the CDC, “The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The incubation period (the time from exposure to symptoms) for Zika virus disease is not known, but is likely to be a few days to a week. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in some people.” (http://www.cdc.gov/zika/symptoms/index.html)

Zika is dangerous for pregnant women, as it has been known to cause microcephaly in fetuses.

How Can You Prevent Contracting the Zika Virus?

There is no vaccine for the Zika virus. The best method of avoidance is to prevent mosquito bites.

How Can Triple S Services Help You Avoid Mosquito Bites?

Triple S Services has a mosquito abatement program that is designed to treat your yard and perimeter of your home to create an inhospitable environment for mosquitoes to live and breed. By inspecting your home and yard, we can pinpoint areas that might be ideal breeding grounds and show you ways to prevent mosquitoes from invading your yard. We will also inspect points of entry to your home and spray the perimeter to keep mosquitoes away.

Mosquito Abatement Program Features

  • Seven service visits, 30 days apart, usually April – October
  • Treatment of immediate perimeter of the home…shrubs, low trees, mulch and flower beds
  • Inspect gutters and yard within 50 feet of your home
  • Empty standing water containers
  • Fine vapor, directed mist with minimal drift
  • Tips to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home

It is important to remember steps to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Be aware of peak hours for mosquito activity (dawn and dusk) and use extra protection during those hours
  • Avoid the use of perfumes and scented lotions.
  • Wear loose fitting, long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks to cover your body.
  • Use a repellent containing DEET or picaridin, following label directions. For children, use repellents with no more than 10 percent DEET.
  • Keep windows, doors and screens closed to prevent mosquitoes from entering you home.
  • Use of citronella or carbon dioxide mosquito traps for a larger area can be effective deterrents for mosquitoes.
  • Maintain your lawn, and remove tall weeds and brush where mosquitoes like to rest.

Mosquito abatement treatments typically begin in April and end in October. However, it is important to remember the above steps if you are traveling to an area where Zika cases have been reported. For more information on the Zika virus and where it has been reported, visit www.cdc.gov. Another resource with helpful information is www.pestworld.com, created by the Virginia Pest Management Association and the National Pest Management Association.

Triple S Service would like to be your partner in combating the Zika virus in our region. Call us early to schedule your Mosquito Abatement program.