To date, there have been recorded cases of the Zika virus in all states except Alaska and Wyoming. While most cases are travel related, there have been 43 natively contracted cases reported in Florida. If the migration of infected Aedes species mosquitoes is not halted, that number is likely to increase, if not this season, then definitely next. The Aedes species is a very aggressive “daytime biting” mosquito that prefers to bite humans and live indoors and outdoors near people. Their peak biting periods are from early morning through evening, just before dusk.
All of the publicity surrounding Zika has led many to believe this is a new threat. While that is true in the United States, the Zika virus has been known in other parts of the world since its discovery in 1947. It is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda where the first cases were detected – according to information from http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published details on the transmission of the virus as well as preventative measures. On the following page is a CDC infographic illustrating the various ways the Zika virus can be contracted. For information on what can be done to protect against the virus, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html.
Of course the most assured way to stop the spread of the virus is to prevent mosquito bites. One way is through the use of mosquito control treatments from lawn care and pest control companies. Mosquitos remain active well into the fall, and winter in more temperate climates. They never actually go away. Many species die off in cold weather – leaving behind eggs which, like seeds, lie on the ground or in standing water awaiting the warm spring rains to hatch. However, the Aedes mosquitos hibernate through the cold months and emerge fresh as a daisy in spring, plus any eggs surviving the winter can hatch at this time.
These creatures are smart too. Since they don’t feed during the winter, they add weight in the fall by switching from blood to food with more sugar, such as rotting fruit or flower nectar, and can double their weight before taking a winter snooze. This season mosquito control will be very important to lawn care and pest control customers. They will appreciate knowing that you can provide protection they seek and need through our series of customized postcards and nature notes inserts.
This article is from Real Green.