Mosquitoes - Now the Dangerous Zika Virus
Two types of mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus are prevalent here in Central Arizona. While we may associate mosquitos with evening and nights, these mosquitoes are daytime feeders. Zika symptoms are similar to flu symptoms, including fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (pink eye), muscle pain and headache. But one in five people will show no symptoms, and will not know they have the virus. Currently, there is no medicine or vaccine that treats the Zika virus. We have all heard about the terrible birth defects caused by Zika when it is contracted during pregnancy. It can also cause Guillian Barre Syndrome, where the immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, tingling, rapid heart rate, blood pressure problems and all the way to paralysis. This virus is not something to take lightly, whether or not someone is pregnant.
Alliance Pest Management can help you control your mosquito problem with our state of the art equipment and what research shows to be the best pet and family safe products:
- Through an inspection, we can identify and help you eliminate breeding grounds around your property.
- We can check to see if you have larvae present, and treat with a larvacide.
- We can treat your property with a residual to help eliminate adult mosquitoes.
What To Do Before We Arrive
Since mosquitos breed in as little as ½ inch of water, as little as an upside down bottle cap, the goal is to eliminate all standing water that has not been treated or is not constantly circulating.
- Pools – run the pump at least 4 hours a day to create circulation
- Ponds - run the pump at least 4 hours a day to create circulation
- Fix leaky pipes and faucets
- Fill in low spots where standing water accumulates from rain or irrigation
- Empty baby pool and turn upside down after each use
- Pour standing water out of flower pots and pot saucers
- Change birdbath water daily
- Remove leaves and other debris clogging gutters
- Check to make sure water is not accumulating on grill covers or trash can tops
- Turn buckets or watering cans upside down
- Drill holes in bottom of any tire flower planters
Something to keep in mind: Mosquitoes are mobile. They can fly into your yard. Working hand and hand with you to identify breeding areas and continued treatment will reduce your risk of mosquito bites. We suggest when you have visible mosquitos that you also consider wearing long sleeve shirts, long pants, shoes, and socks. And using a personal mosquito repellent like DEET will also help in the fight against the Zika virus.