Zika! 5 things you need to know!
- Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitos! The main type of mosquitos that are capable of carrying the Zika virus are the Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti. Although no locally transmitted cases have been reported in our area, the Aedes mosquitos are native to the Maryland, DC and Virginia area. (Click here to see a map of where you can find Aedes mosquitos)
- People infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites! During the first week of infection, Zika is found in the infected person's blood and can be transmitted to a mosquito through a mosquito bite. The infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.
- Zika is linked to birth defects! Getting infected by Zika while pregnant can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development.
- The best way to prevent Zika is to prevent mosquito bites! Use EPA registered insect repellant, wear long sleeves and pants, stay in air conditioned places where doors and windows are closed, and remove standing water around your home!
- Be aware of the travel warnings! There is currently not a vaccine to prevent you from getting Zika! Pregnant women or women trying to get pregnant should avoid traveling to Zika-infected areas. (Click here to see what areas have Zika infected mosquitos)
Regional Pest Management’s Mosquito Control
Larvicide! Larvicides are products used to help control mosquitos outside of your home. They work by killing young mosquitos before they can grow into biting adults. They do not harm people, pets, or the environment when professionally used.
Where do you apply larvicide?
We use larvicide where mosquitos lay eggs, to help reduce the number of mosquitos in an area. Mosquitos lay eggs in items that hold water such as buckets and rain barrels, fountains, gutters or downspouts, non-chlorinated swimming pools, pool covers that collect water, septic tanks, tires, tree holes, etc.
Contact us today to get our expertise on getting rid of your mosquitos!