Protect Your Family from Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes can spread multiple diseases.  Use these tips to lower your families risk.

Mosquito Prevention Tips

There are several mosquito-borne diseases that homeowners should be aware of and take precautions to lower your families risk this spring and summer.

Zika virus is known to cause serious birth defects and other pregnancy problems. Since Zika is moving further North into the US the southern areas like Florida and Texas are even more susceptible to these high risks. Many people infected with the virus do not have any symptoms, but those who do develop symptoms from Zika usually experience rash, fever, head ache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain.

Chikungunya Virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has migrated to the U.S. in recent years, with over 1 million suspected cases in the world. Chikungunya is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and symptoms of include fever, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue, and rash.

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a potentially serious mosquito-borne illness that is carried from infected birds to humans via mosquitoes. WNV is prevalent in all of the continental United States and while there are no vaccines or medicines to prevent WNV, you can reduce your risk by using insect repellant and taking proactive measures to avoid mosquitoes.

These potentially dangerous pests are at their peak numbers in the spring and summer months, which is why Arrow Exterminators is encouraging homeowners to take preventative measures now to help reduce mosquito populations in their yards.

  • Eliminate sources of standing water such as children’s wading pools, bird baths and flower pots.
  • Keep rain gutters clean and properly draining away from the home
  • Cut back or get rid of unnecessary vegetation near the home
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants
  • Use mosquito netting around cribs, strollers, and baby carriers
  • Use insect repellant with DEET
  • Screen windows and doors

 

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