Zika and You, What You Need to Know Now

Mosquito Diseases
The Spread of Zika

Mosquitoes used to be merely a nuisance due to the itchy bites they cause, but in recent years these pests have been spreading diseases in the U.S. The most recent threat from mosquitoes is the spread of the Zika virus. What is Zika and why is it a problem?

• Zika is a virus that is spread through mosquito bites or sexual contact with someone who is infected. To date there have been more than 1,650 reported cases of Zika in the U.S. People can catch Zika from traveling to areas that are known to have these mosquitoes, such as parts of the Caribbean, but these pests have recently been found in Miami.

Zika typically causes mild symptoms in those who are infected, but it poses a more dangerous risk to the fetuses of pregnant women. This virus increases the risk of a condition called microcephaly, as well as stillbirths and birth defects.

• Zika prevention includes wearing insect repellent, going outside with long pants and long-sleeved shirts on, and getting rid of standing water that mosquitoes can lay eggs in. Avoiding travel to certain areas is also important for women who are pregnant or contemplating getting pregnant.

Keep in mind that mosquitoes can spread other diseases as well, such as West Nile. If you have a mosquito problem, call your Freehold exterminator. Contact Allison Pest Control for help getting rid of these pests.