Found in Uganda in 1947, the Zika virus was relatively unknown for decades. In 2015, an outbreak of Zika occurred in Brazil. While Zika normally just causes flu-like symptoms like fevers and joint pains, it carries an exceptionally high risk for pregnant women. If infected, pregnant women may pass the virus along to the fetus where it causes a condition known as microcephaly. In addition to causing unusually small heads, it may also lead to premature deaths and miscarriages in infants. The only way to treat the virus is by not getting it in the first place. Due to this, the Center for Disease Control advocates for preventing the virus through mosquito control methods.
Zika is primarily spread through mosquito bites. In specific, it is carried by mosquitoes that bite aggressively during the daytime. While these mosquitoes may bite at night, they are more likely to attack during the daytime. Once an infected mosquito bites someone, they spread the virus. An infected individual can then spread the virus through sexual contact, and an infected blood transfusion may also spread the virus. If an expectant mother is bitten, they may end up spreading the virus to their child.
In 2015, hundreds of cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil due to the Zika virus. Unfortunately, the virus has spread to parts of the United States like Austin where mosquitoes are prevalent. Warm, humid environments like Austin are mosquito breeding grounds, which increases the chances that this virus will spread over the coming year. The CDC is already warning pregnant women to prevent mosquito bites in an effort to control the spread of Zika.
While there is no cure for Zika, the virus can be prevented through mosquito control measures. Spraying for mosquitoes and using mosquito repellents can prevent the bites that cause Zika. In addition, individuals should remove sources of standing water like flower pots or water bowls because these provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Wearing long-sleeved shirts and using window screens can prevent mosquitoes from accessing your skin.
The main goal of Zika prevention should be to prevent the mosquitoes from biting. To do this, individuals can have their properties sprayed for mosquitoes. At MosquitoNix, we can help to spray the property and remove potential mosquito breeding grounds. We use a three-step treatment program to prevent mosquitoes from taking up residence in your home.
The initial part of the treatment uses mosquito fogging. This is used on tree canopies and dense vegetation to kill the mosquitoes that spread Zika. Afterward, eco-friendly mosquito granules are sprinkled on your lawn to prevent further mosquito outbreaks. For mosquito larvae, we use a mosquito larvicide in areas with standing water to prevent the mosquitoes from developing. When combined together, these treatments offer superior mosquito prevention.
With the CDC warning of Zika outbreaks in the United States, right now is the best time to prevent the virus from spreading. If you need help preventing the Zika virus, call MosquitoNix. Our experienced technicians will inspect and evaluate your property for potential mosquito hazards. Afterward, our three-step QuickNix will remove mosquitoes and prevent them from breeding. Through removing the mosquito population and using preventative techniques, you can prevent your family from catching the Zika virus. Contact MosquitoNix today to find out how we can help your family prevent the virus.