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Zika-Infected Mosquitoes Change Pest Control Needs

Insect Facts
What is the Zika Virus?

Summer is always a busy time for pest control companies and mosquito spraying businesses. This year, the possibility of Zika-carrying mosquitos is increasing demand for NYC pest control services. Zika is a viral disease that can cause symptoms such as fever, joint pain, a rash, and red eyes. The virus typically runs its course in about a week. After a person has been infected by the virus, they build up an immunity and are unlikely to contract it again. Unfortunately, these same mosquitoes may also spread the dengue and chikungunya virus.

Those at most risk from Zika

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people infected with Zika will not visit a hospital. Few people die, and most will not realize they have been infected. But for expectant mothers, the Zika virus causes a serious birth defect known as microcephaly, which leads to severe brain defects in the unborn child.

Protecting yourself from Zika

At this time in America, Zika is passed from an infected person to another during unprotected sex. Avoiding intimate relations with an infected person is your best defense. The mosquito vector is expected soon in America, so when you’re outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants,and use EPA-approved insect repellents. Currently, there is no vaccine for the Zika virus.

Mosquitoes thrive in humid conditions. To identify potential problem areas and for environmentally-friendly NYC pest control services, contact Stern Evironmental for a consultation.

New Jersey Fights Growing Mosquito Problem

The population of mosquitoes in New Jersey is increasing at a rapid rate this year because of the wet and cool weather conditions. Mosquitoes are dangerous pests that can cause a wide range of health problems, including the West Nile virus disease. To ensure that the residents in the state are protected from the risks of mosquito-transmitted diseases, the New Jersey Office of Mosquito Control Coordination is making extra efforts to combat the growing mosquito problem.

Mosquito fighters are sent to various parts of New Jersey, including wetlands, swamps, and river plains, to destroy mosquito larvae and exterminate adult mosquitoes. Hundreds of acres of land in Essex and Morris counties have been sprayed with mosquito pesticides from the air as well as on the ground. However, such measures are not sufficient to prevent the occurrences of mosquito-transmitted diseases.

The superintendent of the Division of Mosquito Control in Essex County, Louis Lynch, said that residents have to join efforts with the state to fight the mosquito problem. Residents can help out by getting rid of any standing water in their yards and cleaning their gutters regularly.

Mosquitoes Invading Long Island

Long Islanders are not pleased with the recent surge in mosquitoes caused by the recent rains. Officials have suggested that the downpours have increased the mosquito population by 50%. County workers have been working overtime setting up and emptying mosquito traps. They are also using bio-chemical larvicide pellets to kill the larvae in drains.

One Long Island resident stated the worst mosquitoes are the Asian Tiger variety. These mosquitoes have distinctive black and white stripes. The resident claims they don’t back off and you feel them when they bite. Going outside is not as much fun as it used to be.

Stagnant water areas are great places for insect breeding so try and eliminate them. Apparently water left on top of pool covers from the recent rains are major locations for mosquito breeding.

Mosquitoes are most active from June through October so enjoy the critters why you can. Oops, I mean try to endure them until the mosquito season is over. I wonder if there are any mosquito repellent containers left on the shelves in Long Island stores. It’s amazing how such a little creature can cause so much havoc.

Tips For Preventing Mosquito Bites – and West Nile Virus

Because our area is such a breeding ground for West Nile virus, we wanted to provide you with additional information on how to prevent this disease. Here is the best advice from the Centers of Disease Control:

• The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to put insect repellents on exposed skin. The CDC  recommends four ingredients: DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (or PMD), and IR3535 (its latest addition to the list). In addition, permethrin—which can be used on clothing, shoes, camping gear, and bed nets, but not skin—is an option.

• Stay indoors at or near dawn and dusk, when West Nile infections tend to occur. “Try and avoid mosquito bites at these times,” says Lyle Petersen, director of the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

• Eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home. These include small pools of water such as a birdbath that’s not cleaned out, water at the bottom of a flowerpot, and old buckets or tires with standing water. “Any kind of container can breed mosquitoes,” Petersen says. Emptying such containers once or twice a week should do the trick.

• Put screens on your windows and doors—and repair the screens if they have holes in them. Also, use air conditioning so you can keep the windows closed.

• Use mosquito netting on infant carriers when taking a baby outdoors.

West Nile virus is a serious health threat. Call an experienced NJ, NYC pest control expert to ensure your family’s health and safety.

It’s West Nile Season

Mosquito bites can be more than an annoyance. For the unlucky, getting bitten can lead to West Nile virus, a potentially serious illness that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is very likely underdiagnosed and underreported. With West Nile season getting underway, and mosquitoes and birds recently testing positive for the virus from coast to coast, the agency is spreading the word on prevention.

West Nile virus first appeared in the northeastern United States during the summer of 1999, in the New York metropolitan area, and it quickly spread through much of the continental United States. In New Jersey, scientists isolated the virus from humans, birds, horses, gray squirrels, an eastern chipmunk, a striped skunk and bats

In June 2000, the New York State Health Department announced that a pair of crows found in Rockland County, New York, was infected with the virus. That same day, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services reported that a crow found in Bergen County, New Jersey, had also tested positive for the West Nile virus.

West Nile virus continues to be a cause for concern in this area. West Nile is usually spread by infected mosquitoes, which pick up West Nile by feeding on infected birds and can then transmit the illness to people and animals.  While you can help prevent mosquitoes breeding by eliminating standing water around your home, if there’s an infestation of mosquitoes, call in an expert NJ, NYC pest control company.