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NJ and the Zika Virus – What You Need to Know

Mosquito Diseases
Mosquitoes can Carry Diseases, Including the Zika Virus

Dealing with itchy mosquito bites can make your summer miserable, but now there’s something else to worry about. The type of mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus are found in a larger part of the US, including NJ.

Here’s what you should know about the Zika virus and why you shouldn’t hesitate to call our NJ pest control experts if you have a mosquito problem:

• Two mosquito species might be a Zika risk. One species, Aedes aegypti, is known to carry this virus from person to person. The other, known as the Asian tiger mosquito, might transmit it. Both species are found in NJ.

• Zika season might extend beyond summer. The Zika virus isn’t just a concern for summer. Mosquitoes that carry this disease are expected to be active between June and October.

• Zika can cause birth defects, making it a serious threat to pregnant women. The Zika virus is known to cause microcephaly, a severe form of brain damage that causes infants’ heads to be abnormally small.

• Travel between Puerto Rico and NJ is expected to add to Zika concerns. Many people travel to and from Puerto Rico via NJ’s Newark Airport. Puerto Rico has been hit hard by the Zika virus, raising concerns that travelers could unknowingly spread the disease in NJ.

If you have a mosquito problem, contact Allison Pest Control. Our NJ pest control experts can help reduce mosquito populations on your property.

What You Should Know About Zika Virus

Zenki to West Nile
Zika to West Nile

Mosquitoes have been linked to the spread of certain diseases, such as West Nile virus, for years now, but they’ve also been spreading another type of illness. Zika virus has been in the news recently due to outbreaks in South America and the Caribbean.

Zika virus can cause mild symptoms in some individuals, such as a rash, headaches and fever. This illness usually doesn’t cause major health problems for those who have it, but it can cause a serious condition in fetuses. Pregnant women who have Zika virus are potentially at risk of having babies with a condition known as microcephaly. Babies with this condition have an abnormally small head, which can lead to impaired brain development.

Health experts are concerned about the recent outbreaks due to the risk of microcephaly and the fact that there are currently no vaccines or medicines available for treating Zika virus or preventing it.

While Zika virus isn’t carried by mosquitoes in NJ at this time, it’s still important for homeowners to have Tom’s River pest control professionals handle any infestations that occur. Mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus and other diseases in the NJ area.

Plan ahead for spring mosquito problems, contact Allison Pest Control for help. Our Tom’s River pest control professionals use safe methods to get rid of mosquitoes and other pests that can be a public health hazard.