The Zika virus has not been found in mosquitoes in the U.S.-yet, as the mosquito that spreads the zika virus can now be found in 30 states says the CDC. It is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, but it can also be contracted via sexual contact. These are the same mosquitoes that spread Dengue and Chikungunya virus.
These are aggressive daytime biters and also bite at night. Mosquitoes breed when it is 50+ degrees for more than a day or two and can breed in as little as a bottle cap full of water.
Tips To Protect Yourself From Zika-Carrying Mosquitos
This is an important reminder due to the recent rain:
1. TIP: Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include gutters and flat roofs
2. TOSS: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard ad these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding
3. TURN: Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s sandboxes or plastic toys
4. TARPS/REMOVE: If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.
5. TREAT: Utilize Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on a property