Mosquitoes and ZIKA Virus – What do YOU need to know? – Fayetteville GA Pest Control and Termite Protection

Here at Ennis Exterminating, we LOVE being outdoors, and look forward to spring weather all winter long.  This is the time of year when it is so pleasant to be outside for both work and leisure. 

Imagine this . . . you’ve invited friends over to enjoy some thick, juicy, delicious steaks, you have some fresh vegetables ready to roast on the grill, a big pitcher of sweet tea, maybe an apple cobbler in the Dutch oven to cook over hot coals at the fire pit . . .and don’t forget the fresh home-made batch of vanilla bean ice cream to top it all off.  You are finally able to enjoy sitting outdoors now that the evening weather is perfect and our lovely Georgia pollen season has finished so you can hose that last layer of yellow off your patio furniture. 

Those days are just around the corner, EXCEPT for one problem . . . MOSQUITOES!!!  Mosquito season in Fayetteville, Senoia, Peachtree City, Brooks, Tyrone and pretty much the rest of Georgia is right around the corner.

There are two big things to think about regarding Mosquitoes in YOUR yard . . . Comfort and the possibility of illness, including Zika Virus

Comfort – Is it possible to enjoy your yard without mosquitoes biting you every time you go outside?  YES!  You can get a head start on mosquitoes by eliminating the following sources of standing water to reduce breeding sites around your home:

  • Bird baths – pour out and change water weekly
  • Clogged Gutters – get rid of leaf debris that keep them from draining properly.
  • Kids Toys – these don’t seem obvious, but plastic kid’s toys can hold LOTS of water and breed THOUSANDS of mosquitoes.
  • Tarps – While they’re meant to protect things from water, folds in tarps can hold enough water to breed multitudes of mosquitoes.
  • Any other container that holds standing water should be dumped, including: trash cans, flower pot drip trays, buckets, wheel barrows, old tires (just get rid of them) and even large pet watering bowls that take too long for Fluffy to drink.

Removing breeding sites won’t completely rid your yard of mosquitoes, but can make a difference.

Zika Virus – Unless you’ve been living under a rock . . . you’ve heard about the Zika Virus and probably have some questions.  Are we at risk in Georgia of a major Zika Virus outbreak?  Probably not, but read below to find out what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying about the disease. 

This is what the CDC is saying about documented cases of Zika Virus in the United States:

  • No local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in US states, but there have been travel-associated cases.  
  • With the recent outbreaks, the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the United States will likely increase.
  • 80% of cases will not be diagnosed.
  • These imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in some areas of the United States.

This is what the CDC KNOWS about the Zika Virus:

  • Zika can be spread from a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy.
  • Infection during pregnancies is linked to birth defects in babies.
  • Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters. They can also bite at night.
  • Zika is not currently found in the continental US. The mosquitoes that can carry Zika are found in some areas of the US.
  • Because the mosquitoes that spread Zika virus are found throughout the tropics, outbreaks will likely continue.
  • There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

This is what the CDC DOESN’T KNOW about the Zika Virus:

  • If there’s a safe time during your pregnancy to travel to an area with Zika.
  • If you do travel and are bitten: 1) How likely you are to get Zika AND 2) How likely it is that your baby will have birth defects from the infection.

THE BOTTOM LINE:  You can enjoy your lawn with greater comfort AND you need to be careful about mosquito bites.  Based on what is known right now, the likelihood of a major outbreak of Zika Virus in Georgia is low and the fear factor should be low also.  Remember, mosquitoes causing illness is nothing new even though the Zika Virus is news to us this year. 

If you’ve got a problem with mosquitoes in your yard and want to discuss a mosquito reduction plan…or maybe you simply have a question about mosquitoes or another type of household pest…call Ennis Exterminating at 770-716-0867 and ask for me, Glenn Laney. I’ll be happy to speak with you any time!

Here’s wishing YOU a PEST-FREE Day!

Glenn

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