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Mosquito bites can affect your health severely, and zika virus (ZIKV) is another of its examples. After dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya, it is the zika virus infection that follows suit in the latest mosquito diseases threatening our families.

Zika virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. The Zika virus can also be passed from mother to child, through sexual contact or through a blood transfusion.

Zika virus is spreading with such rapidity that in several nations such as El Salvador, women have been advised against pregnancy until 2018!

So the question on a lot of people’s minds is how does this affect me if I live in the United States?

Short answer to this question can be best answered by an article CNN released yesterday concerning the spread of Zika to the United States. CNN states:

By June (of 2016), nearly all of those 50 cities “exhibit the potential for at least low-to-moderate abundance,” according to the study, “and most eastern cities are suitable for moderate-to-high abundance.”

Zika Map

So the next thing most people think about is how they can prevent or reduce their chances of being bitten by a mosquito carrying the Zika Virus?

If you are one of those people that feels like they are always attracting the lion’s share of mosquito bites than this may be even more of a concern for you!

Here are some tips for avoiding mosquitos and subsequently mosquito bites:

  • TIP:  Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water. The elimination of standing water decreases a mosquito’s breeding ground.
  • TOSS: Toss grass clippings, leaves, firewood and piles of mulch that are yard trash. By keeping a yard clean, you can remove a major breeding area for mosquitoes and ticks.
  • TURN:  Turn over yard items that could hold water. Look for dog bowls, plant saucers, empty pots, sand boxes, plastic toys, or even garbage bins that are not being used.
  • TREAT:  Mosquito Squad’s treatments eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes and ticks on your property and reduce the need for using DEET containing bug spray on your body.

We at Mosquito Squad truly live by our motto NO Bugs, NO Bites, NO Kidding and take pride in sharing a little piece of our work to you all.

References: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/vector/range.html

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/27/health/zika-map-nasa/

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