Since the outbreak of the Zika virus, many people have been wondering what exactly the virus is, if they are in danger and what they can do to protect themselves. The friendly staff at Mosquito Squad of Greater Indianapolis is here to answer your questions and offer protection to you, your family and pets from potential Zika danger.
What is the Zika Virus?
Zika is a virus that is transmitted through the Aedes mosquito. Although these mosquitoes are found in the United States, there have not yet been any confirmed cases of the virus being transmitted by mosquito within the United States. If infected, many people will not even experience any symptoms, and therefore may not even know they are infected. In people who do notice symptoms, they usually include rash, fever, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain and headaches. These symptoms usually last a week or two.
Why It’s Important to Get Protection/Harmful Effects if You Don’t Get Protected
There are no treatments or vaccines for the Zika Virus, so it’s extremely important to take steps to prevent yourself from contracting the virus. The most devastating aspect of the Zika virus is that if a woman contracts the virus while pregnant, it can cause birth defects including microcephaly, which can be fatal. For this reason, it is especially important that pregnant women take every precaution necessary to avoid contracting the virus.
How to Protect Yourself
The most common way Zika is transmitted is through mosquito bites, so the best Zika prevention is avoiding mosquito bites. There are many ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites including: using EPA-registered insect repellent, wearing long pants and shirts, using air conditioning or screens to keep the mosquitoes out of your house and eliminating mosquitoes around your house. Mosquito Squad of Greater Indianapolis is here to help you control the mosquito population around your home with our variety of mosquito control treatments.
Let Mosquito Squad of Greater Indy help protect you and your family from the Zika virus. We are Indiana’s and America’s most trusted mosquito eliminator. We offer many services, including an elimination barrier treatment that eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitoes around your property. Call us today at 317-204-3728 to talk about your options for mosquito and Zika Virus protection for your home.