Zika Virus Facts: What You Need to Know
As cases of Zika Virus are reportedly on the rise throughout the United States, it makes sense to want to take a stand against the mosquitoes that carry this disease. Here are the Zika virus facts that you need to know:
- According to the CDC, 4,175 cases of Zika have been reported in the United States.
- Zika virus is transmitted primarily by the bite of an infected Aedes species of mosquito, also known as a yellow fever mosquito or Asian tiger mosquito.
- Mosquitoes that carry Zika are active and biting during the day and night.
- Typical symptoms include fever, rash, and joint pain, but many people will show no symptoms or very mild symptoms.
- If contracted while pregnant or in months and weeks before getting pregnant, Zika virus can cause birth defects.
- There is currently no vaccine for Zika Virus, so the best way to avoid getting it is by avoiding mosquitoes.
Does this mean you and your family need to stay inside all summer to avoid getting bitten? We have another solution—mosquito control.
Protect your family with mosquito control
Taking steps to reduce mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood is an effective step towards protecting your family from Zika Virus. Our technicians are trained to use EPA-approved spray treatments across your property, forming a barrier that kills mosquitoes and ticks, and prevents them from laying more eggs. Your technician will also look for any active larvae populations and warn you of potential breeding areas on your property.
To ensure that the barrier remains intact and that mosquitoes stay neutralized, we recommend regular treatments every 21 days.
If you are a business owner or a community member, or are planning an outdoor event, we offer commercial, community, and event mosquito control as well. Keep your patrons or guests at ease. To find out if Zika Virus is a concern in your area or somewhere you plan on traveling, visit cdc.gov.