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Zika Virus: Information and Prevention

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has been prominent in the news recently. Mosquito Squad of Western Suffolk has the information you need to know about Zika and how to lower your risk of infection.

What is the Zika virus?

This mosquito-borne illness has been around for a while, but recently gained notoriety because of its connection to microcephaly in infants from mothers who had the virus while pregnant. Other symptoms of this virus include fever, muscle pain, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis, and rash. So far, most of the cases of Zika reported in the US have been contracted by those who have traveled to South and Central America and been bitten by infected mosquitoes. While only 20 percent of those infected will experience any symptoms, there is currently no cure.

How do I protect my family?

Because there is currently no cure to this virus, the best way to prevent this virus is by eliminating mosquitoes. Mosquito Squad of Western Suffolk can apply a barrier spray to your yard that effectively eliminates up to 90 percent of mosquitoes, helping to mitigate your exposure to these potential Zika carriers. Our experts quickly identify areas around your property where mosquitoes feed and breed, and can easily apply the barrier while you are at work. The initial barrier spray is effective for up to three weeks, and we can spray again as needed in order to keep you and your loved ones safe throughout the season.

In addition to our barrier spray, there are other things you can do to control the mosquito population. This includes dumping pools or basins that can hold water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Don’t forget to also turn over any children’s toys or other items that can collect water. Tossing excess leaves and grass and neatly folding tarps so that they will not contain water helps to further control breeding.

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Keeping your home and community safe from the Zika virus is a team effort. When we combine your vigilant efforts to control mosquito breeding with our proven methods of killing existing mosquitoes, we can help prevent the spread of this virus before it begins.

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