Zika is a virus spread primarily through mosquito bites, but can also be passed sexually and through pregnancy from mother to baby. The most common Zika symptoms include: fever, rash, headache, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle pain. How can you protect yourself and your family?
- Prevent Mosquito Bites
- Check the CDC Website for Areas with Risk of Zika
- Control Mosquitoes Around Your Home
Prevent Mosquito Bites
Preventing mosquito bites is near impossible, but with proper clothing and bug repellent, is it manageable. The synthetic chemical DEET and the Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are the two most effective and longest-lasting mosquito repellents, ingredients for bug repellent and essential oils. Along with herbal/chemical remedies, wearing the proper clothing is great in protecting yourself from mosquito bites. Wearing light clothing makes you blend in to the virus-carrying blood suckers, and bonus points if it’s loose, because tight clothing makes it easier for mosquitoes to find exposed skin.
Check the CDC Website for Areas with Risk of Zika
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a landing page for all things Zika related. On this page there is a case count for 2015-2019 with a map included on areas that are in danger of the Zika virus. These case counts are updated the first Thursday of every month. Knowing the zones where Zika has been an issue and knowing where it is currently an issue is very helpful information. Depending on the individual, one could use this website to completely avoid the areas where Zika is known to be carried by the mosquitoes. Other individuals might use this information to get professional mosquito control so they don’t have to leave their homes but they are still protecting their family.
Control Mosquitoes Around Your Home
The best way to avoid a virus spread by mosquitoes is… don’t get bit by a mosquito! Along with wearing the proper clothing, wearing an insect repellent with DEET or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is an excellent way to go about not getting bit. Proper, professional pest control is the best way to eliminate your Zika worries, because you and your family won’t be worrying about mosquitoes at all.