As many of you know, the Zika virus is causing quite a scare in the United States. Even today, Zika is at the forefront of nervous minds anxious to hear what will happen as the virus continues to spread. With the increase in international travel, Zika made an alarming entry into the United States, and it is now starting to affect humans directly from mosquito sources here in the US. In the state of Florida, there are two new locally confirmed cases of Zika virus in a neighborhood in Miami bringing Florida’s total to 29 local cases of Zika Virus as of this post. This means that Zika is being spread from the mosquito itself directly to humans. This is alarming. So what does this mean for you? Take caution, do some research, and take action to prevent Zika from showing up at your doorstep.

So, what is Zika virus? If this is the first you are hearing of Zika virus, please read carefully. There is no medication or current vaccination for Zika virus. Zika virus is primarily transmitted from an infected Aedes mosquito to a host causing infection. If a pregnant woman is infected with Zika virus, this virus can transfer to the unborn child causing serious birth defects. Symptoms associated with Zika are generally mild or non-existent so testing for Zika once you have travelled to a known infested area is extremely important.

Even though Florida is the only state where cases of Zika virus have shown up locally, that does not mean it will not spread, especially since Florida is a huge vacation spot. Here in New Jersey there have been no local cases of Zika virus, but precautions must still be taken. The only way to prevent Zika virus is to avoid getting mosquito bites. Warmth and humidity are two things mosquitoes love. The Aedes mosquitoes more specifically prefer to bite during the day, and they are capable of biting multiple hosts and multiple times. This allows multiple victims of transmission if that mosquito happens to be infected.

There are steps you can take to prevent mosquito bites and to protect your family and friends. Reducing stagnant water basins, cutting back bushes, making sure screens are secure and functional in your windows, and wearing bug spray are a few things you can do yourself to help protect against mosquito breeding and biting. Completely removing mosquitoes from your home and property is nearly impossible, but there are ways to drastically reduce their numbers.

With the knowledge of Zika virus being local in the United States, there is no better time than now to take action to prevent mosquitoes in and around your home. Bergen County itself has 21 confirmed cases of Zika virus, and this may just be the beginning. Our professional service techs at ChemTec Pest Control are ready to provide you with mosquito reduction services. Zika virus is not something to take lightly, and we will thoroughly inspect all areas of your property to identify any potential breeding sites. Contact us today to schedule an inspection. We pride ourselves in being professional, reliable, and trustworthy; and when it comes to protecting your family, we put your first.