Mosquito Bites and the Zika Virus
Mosquito bites represent one of the most annoying pest-related injuries. They leave, at a minimum, red bites that can blemish your hands, feet and face. The problem comes from what diseases mosquito bites can transmit. The Zika virus is one of the more dangerous viruses that can lead to everything from congenital defects to crippling, lifelong conditions. We have found that by introducing you to what the Zika virus is and how mosquitoes transmit it, you may be able to better protect yourself against this emerging threat.
What are the Dangers With Zika Virus?
The Zika virus is a viral strain passed through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The disease itself usually causes mild symptoms in healthy individuals. These can range from flu-like symptoms to moderate fevers and dizziness in people who do show symptoms. Some people may be asymptomatic yet still able to pass this disease from themselves to another person via a mosquito bite. In pregnant women, the Zika virus can cause birth defects like microcephaly and brain defects. These issues make it essential for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant to seek protection against mosquito bites.
How Do Mosquitoes Transmit the Zika Virus?
Mosquitoes transmit viruses through the “injection” part of a bite, which is where they push certain enzymes into a persons’ body to make it possible to extract more blood. This is how most viruses and other biological contaminants transfer from one person to the next through mosquito bites. The Zika virus is no different. It is transmitted through mosquito bites. The Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus species of mosquito are the most common carriers. Both bite individuals during the day and night, which makes mosquito bite prevention extremely important for protecting against this virus.
What Can You Do to Avoid the Zika Virus?
The best way to avoid acquiring the Zika virus is to protect your person and your property. We have found that mosquito repellents tend to provide protection against mosquito bites. Spray-on repellents and aerated repellents tend to provide varying levels of protection, but some protection is far better than none. The other way you can protect yourself is by protecting your property. Spraying for mosquitoes, removing mosquito breeding grounds, and strategically placing repellants will help to deter mosquitoes from bothering you.
To learn more about protecting yourself from mosquitoes and the illness like the Zika virus that they can spread, contact Western Exterminator of Las Vegas today. We can answer any questions that you might have before scheduling an appointment to determine the best ways to repel mosquitoes from your property.
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