While many people look forward to the warm summer months to enjoy outdoor activities, this year may be a different story especially for folks living in the southeastern portion of the U.S. The reason is the warm and wet weather will be inviting to the Aedes aegypti which is the formal name of the Zika virus-carrying mosquito.
A recent study found 50 cities in the U.S, that will potentially have the ideal conditions for the mosquito in the coming months with July being targeted as the month when the highest population of the mosquitoes will be in residence.
While the west coast has a low level of probability at this time, and the central states have a moderate chance of infestation, states such as Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Hawaii and Puerto Rico have been designated as hot spots for the blood sucking pests. It’s also noted the mosquitoes have already been spotted as far up the east coast as New York and along the U.S. – Mexico border.
Be aware that this threat is a reality and secure your home with new window screens, seal cracks and crevices where the bugs can enter, empty standing water in your yard, and use a repellent when going outdoors.