Avoiding mosquito bites is not only essential for your comfort but also your health. There are 170 different kinds of mosquitoes that carry many different diseases. They are the deadliest animal on our planet. These small, grey insects are found in all 50 states. They transmit diseases from animal to animal through their blood. Some diseases they transfer are malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, encephalitis and West Nile Virus. Though these diseases are commonly unheard of in America, this fall there has been a confirmed report of the West Nile Virus in Alachua County, FL.
An adult male was seen for symptoms of fever, joint pain, fatigue and headache in the Alachua County area. A couple of weeks later his test for West Nile Virus came back positive. His case was a mild one and he recovered quickly. There was also a case in the same area where three chickens tested positive for West Nile Virus. This virus is active in the Alachua County area. The best prevention is mosquito control in your yard and around your home. Also, wearing protective bug sprays to keep the mosquitoes away. In total there have been 7 cases of West Nile Virus reported in Florida this year previous to this one.
West Nile Virus is commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Birds are the prime host of this virus before it is transmitted to humans. Approximately 80% of humans who are infected show no symptoms. It may take about 2-15 days for symptoms to appear. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, rash, nausea, and vomiting. Less than 1% of humans infected have a severe reaction that affects them neurologically. No vaccinations for West Nile Virus are available currently. The best prevention is mosquito control.
Mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water sources. The best way to reduce the population of mosquitoes in your backyard is to remove any stagnant water. This includes any stagnant water in garbage cans, gutters, drains, pool cover and flower pots. You also need to clean and refresh any stagnant water. This could be anything from bird baths to kiddie pools.
If you need help with mosquito control in and around your home, contact a local pest exterminator today. They will be able to help you assess your property for mosquito breeding grounds. Though it is impossible to eliminate mosquitoes all together, they can help you start to reduce the population around your property. This reduction of mosquitoes will help keep you and your family safer from contracting the West Nile Virus.