Prevent Zika Virus By Exterminating Mosquitoes Now
If you have been watching the news at all lately, you know that Zika virus is on the rise. Mosquitoes are the source of the virus for most, and growing concerns about the role mosquitoes play in spreading the illness are leading to an increase in pest control services. While the majority of cases of Zika have no symptoms, the chances of symptoms are still there -- especially for pregnant women.
Here are just a few reasons why you should consider pest extermination before Zika hits your region:
1. Many people do experience symptoms.
These symptoms generally last for a week and include joint pain, rashes, headache, fever, and more. Research does not suggest that anybody has died from the condition at this time. Still, the symptoms are painful and it can be difficult to take time off work to deal with them. The symptoms can be worse on children and those who are sick or elderly.
2. Mother-to-child transmission has serious consequences.
A fetus can contract microcephaly from a mother who has been infected with Zika. This leads to a smaller than average head and underdeveloped brain. The condition can be devastating for many families, making it important for pregnant women to avoid mosquitoes entirely.
3. Once bitten, you can transmit the disease sexually or via blood transfusion.
Mosquitoes are not the end of your problem. Once they are gone, you can still pass on the virus through sexual intercourse (if you are a man) or by donating blood. This is why it is best to eliminate mosquitoes rapidly and often, preventing transmission in the first place.
4. No vaccine exists to cure, prevent, or treat Zika.
As nice as it would be to go to the doctor for a vaccine to treat the condition, there isn't one. There is also no surefire way to protect yourself from transmission. Again, you must eliminate mosquitoes to eliminate the problem.
5. Daytime bites commonly lead to Zika.
If you get a bite in the daytime, you may have more cause for concern than if you get one at night. The Zika virus tends to transmit more commonly among mosquitoes that bite during the day.
The best way to prevent Zika from affecting you is to decrease the number of insects in the area. Insect repellent and covering your body can help, but they can only do so much. It takes a professional exterminator to ensure that the problem is properly handled.