Disease prompts interest in preventative mosquito control
(HIT) – As is typical during late summer, West Nile virus is on the rise throughout the country, with 22 states plus the District of Columbia reporting human cases of West Nile virus infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A total of 210 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the CDC. The disease has hit California the hardest, with 57 cases of the disease and four deaths. Louisiana has reported 34 cases and two deaths, Texas has 30 cases and one death, and Arizona has 14 confirmed cases and two deaths.
West Nile virus thrives in hot and dry weather, which is typical in the last weeks of summer. Health officials say the symptoms of West Nile virus appear 3 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, nausea, fatigue, body aches, neck stiffness, and disorientation.
West Nile virus is transmitted by an infected mosquito. The CDC states, “The easiest and best way to avoid WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.” Public Health officials have suggested these precautions to protect against the West Nile Virus:
- Use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants.
- Avoid the outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths at least weekly. Empty children’s wading pools when they are not being used.
- Where standing water cannot be eliminated—including ditches, ponds and fountains—treat the water with Mosquito Dunks®. The natural BTI in Mosquito Dunks® kills mosquito larvae but is harmless to other living things including people, birds, pets, fish and wildlife. Mosquito Dunks® are available at garden centers, hardware stores and home centers nationwide. For more information visit SummitResponsibleSolutions.com.