PA Pest Control Pros On West Nile Virus
June 12, 2013
One of the more commonly talked about mosquito borne illnesses in the area is West Nile virus. Last year was a bad year with many people becoming infected with West Nile virus via mosquito bites. But this year, as mosquitoes are just starting to make their appearance across Pennsylvania, the team at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor wanted to share some advice on ways to reduce the threat of mosquitoes and thus the chances of becoming infected with West Nile virus.
Last year there were a lot of cases of West Nile virus reported. But keep in mind that only about 1 in 5 people are infected with the virus will develop symptoms. Generally it is those with a weakened immune system who will do so. The symptoms of West Nile virus include:
Even those few who do experience these symptoms will generally make a full recovery in a few weeks. In rare cases, severe symptoms may develop including the development of serious neurologic illness like meningitis or encephalitis. Again, this is very rare and according to the CDC, it is less than 1% of people who are infected who develop serious neurologic illness.
So, what can you do to make sure that you and your family stays protected this summer when mosquitoes are swarming? Here are a few mosquito prevention tips from the PA pest control professionals at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor:
Apply insect repellent that contains DEET to help avoid bites from mosquitoes.
Wear long layers of clothing, even if it’s warm outside so that mosquitoes cannot easily access your skin.
Try to avoid being outside in areas known to have a lot of mosquitoes during peak biting hours - dawn and dusk.
Keep windows and doors to the home closed unless they have screens.
Eliminate all sources of standing water from the property to reduce mosquito breeding.
For those living in Souderton, Allentown, Harleysville or elsewhere in our Pennsylvania pest control service area, we also offer mosquito management services to help you avoid the threat of West Nile virus as well as other mosquito borne illnesses. Ask us today how you can get started and protect your property from biting mosquitoes this summer.