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What You Need To Know About How Mosquitoes Spread Zika Virus

by Sarah Snyder-Castañeda of Lead Hub

GW Exterminating has invited Guest Author, by Sarah Snyder-Castañeda of Lead Hub to write a wonderfully researched article about the Zika virus and how we control it. Terri Bacchetti of Dustin Pest Control specializes in pest control in Fresno, California.

With all the news buzzing around about Zika, it’s natural that families have questions, especially those with a baby on the way. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Zika is primarily spread through the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus.

While spraying for the bugs around your home every six months is the bare minimum one should do, there’s more to the story. For example, Zika also can be spread from mother to child, via blood transfusion, and through sexual contact. Here’s all you need to know about the virus and how it impacts your family.

What is Zika Virus?

The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda and has since been sighted in the tropical environment of Africa, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia. While cases in the U.S. had been rare, with fewer than 1,000 cases reported annually, if safety precautions are not met Zika is expected to spread.

Common Zika virus Symptoms

Surprising, when one is infected with the Zika virus, it’s common to not even experience symptoms serious enough to go to the hospital. Unfortunately, if a pregnant woman is infected with Zika, her baby is at risk of developing microcephaly and other fetal birth defects.  Rash, red eyes, fever, and joint pain are common indicators that one has been infected with Zika. These mild symptoms typically last several days – up to a week – and you have rarely fever.

Types of Mosquitoes

There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes, 175 of them present in the U.S. The most common species include Aedes aegypti, Anopheles quad iMac latus, and Aedes albopictus. The areas of the country with the most species of mosquitoes include Texas, with 85, and Florida, with 80. Only the females are known to feast on blood because she needs the extra protein for the healthy development of her eggs.

For local area treatment call on the best licensed Mosquito Control, company in Columbus, Ga. Your home town Company GW Exterminating Co. for a thourough area or full yard treatment by one of the most trusted, licensed, Flea Control companies in the huge Valley area. We spray and fog for the prevention and control of Zika virus carrying mosquito.

How to get rid of mosquitoes

To protect your yard from mosquitoes, be sure to turn over anything that could hold water – this is prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Also, be sure to keep your grass mowed, plants trimmed and the yard free of extra debris. Mosquitoes feast on plant nectar when not seeking out blood, and they enjoy nesting in bushes during the day to escape the heat.

For those who really want to up the ante, mosquito-repelling plants and citronella-scented herbs and plants are a good choice. Some natural mosquito repellents include marigolds, lavender, basil, catnip, and peppermint.

How are you protecting your home from Zika?


by Sarah Snyder-Castañeda of Lead Hub

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