Two weeks ago the Orlando Sentinel reported three chickens had tested positive with West Nile Virus. This disease is known to be passed along by mosquitoes and can also affect humans. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of humans (70-80%) will show no signs of being infected and will have no symptoms. The most common symptoms for those that do show signs of the virus are headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. The majority of these people will have a complete recovery but symptoms can last for several weeks.
How can I protect myself from mosquitoes?
Here are a few tips of what you can do to avoid mosquitoes and their bites:
- Mosquito larvae can develop and become adults in a matter of days; drain standing water from bird baths, kiddie pools and plant pots often to eliminate breeding habitats.
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters and drains to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water.
- Avoid working or playing outdoors at dawn or dusk when mosquitoes are most active. If you must be outside at these times, wear long sleeves and long pants.
- Mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing; use insect repellent with DEET, applying it not only to skin but clothing, as well.
- If you prefer an organic alternative to DEET use orange spray, eucalyptus, or citronella.
- Make sure all windows and doors in your home are closed tightly and that screens are well-sealed to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside.
There are 13 species of mosquitoes which are capable of transmitting diseases in humans and animals. If you suspect you have a mosquito infestation at your home or want to protect yourself from potential attacks, call Massey Services today for a free inspection and to learn more about our Mosquito Abatement program.