Mosquitoes have always been an annoyance to people. They swarm, buzz, bite, and can make any outdoor outing difficult. Many people are allergic to them, which can make things worse. In certain areas of the world, they are responsible for people contracting malaria and to enter some countries, you must obtain malaria shots. Now, in the United States, these pests are carriers for the West Nile Virus, which can be a deadly disease.
Many products have attempted to control or avoid the mosquito bite. Some work, some do not. Now, because of West Nile Virus, many county and health department authorities are involved, and they are conducting more intense and successful spraying measures.
Because of West Nile Virus, it is very important for residents to take measures to avoid mosquitoes. You can take several steps. Many relate to water.
- Report any standing water. Water is a habitat and breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Avoid letting any water accumulate in standing pots, animal dishes, containers, and even items like old tires.
- Report any broken or torn screens. Until repaired, close doors and do not use screens.
- Watch for any dead or dying birds. Report them to the local authorities or the health department. Do not pick birds up with your bare hands.
- Avoid the outdoors when mosquitoes are prominent, particularly during dawn, dusk, and early evening, when mosquitoes are at their peak.
- If you are outdoors, apply insect repellent containing DEET.
- Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing DEET will give extra protection. Warning: do not apply repellents containing “permethrin” directly to your skin. Do not spray repellent containing DEET on the skin under your clothing.
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Currently, a vaccine for West Nile Virus is not available, although they are working on one. Therefore, the best course is to avoid mosquitoes as previously outlined in this article.
Anyone who is in the area of West Nile Virus is at risk, but those over 50 have the highest risk. The majority of people who encounter the virus are not infected, but it can be serious. It can lead to serious problems, such as encephalitis, meningitis, and even death.
The most important thing is to know the facts about West Nile Virus. Find out what symptoms can occur, where to seek help, and what to do. There is not enough room to list more information regarding West Nile Virus in this article but here’s is a website that can tell you much more.
Take precautions with mosquitoes whenever possible for your safety and for everyone in your residence.