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Mosquito Control and the Zika Virus

Mosquito control is vitally important to human health and well-being. There are many varieties of mosquitoes, some of which carry more deadly diseases than others. Mosquito insecticide is often used on a wide-scale basis to combat mosquitoes and is generally very effective. If your property is prone to attracting and breeding a mosquito population, contact Hilsen Termite and Pest Control to assess and manage the situation.

Zika Virus in the United States

Outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and most recently in the Americas. Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will continue to spread.

Prevention of mosquito bites is one way of preventing Zika disease. The adult mosquitoes like to bite inside as well as around homes, during the day and at night when the lights are on. To protect yourself, use insect repellent on your skin while indoors or out, and take proactive measures if your property is prone to attracting and breeding mosquitoes.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • No vaccine exists to prevent Zika virus disease (Zika) or medicine to treat it.
  • Prevent Zika by avoiding mosquito bites (see below).
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime.
  • Mosquitoes that spread Zika virus also spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

For more information about the Zika virus, visit the CDC web site.

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