Mosquito Prevention Tips
At best, mosquitoes can leave irritating red welts that have you scratching for days, and pretty much ruin any outdoor gathering you schedule with friends or family. But, more and more, mosquitoes are showing themselves to be a far greater threat.
Through the years, outbreaks of West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya have caused symptoms that range from muscle ache, joint pain, fever, lethargy, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting to severe trauma and even death. The loss of a loved one to a mosquito-borne virus can have a far-reaching impact on an entire family, but even this cannot compare to the threat Zika poses. This new virus has health agencies on high alert because it has the potential to cause microcephaly in unborn children. This can result in a child born with a birth defect that can have an impact on the mother, the father, and other children in the home, for a lifetime. That is why mosquito prevention is so important.
While not every mosquito that bites has a virus inside, and not everyone who contracts a virus develops dangerous symptoms, or symptoms at all, mosquitoes require a reservoir to contract these human-spread pathogens. When we prevent bites, we make it harder for mosquitoes to find a vector.