How to Protect Yourself from the Zika Virus in Florida
Prevalent in the news recently is the outbreak of the Zika virus. At first, this virus was focused in South America. With the ability of visitors to travel transcontinentally, it was inevitable the virus would spread worldwide. Florida’s subtropical climate is ideal for mosquitoes, the most likely carrier of Zika virus. By protecting yourself against mosquitoes, the likelihood of contracting the Zika virus is extremely limited. Read below for information to keep mosquitoes from visiting your property, and contact the Orlando pest control experts at Apex Pest Control if you have mosquitoes buzzing around your home.
- Remove Their Places to Lay Eggs: Most people understand mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water, and the young mosquito larvae must have water to develop. Removing containers with standing water seems like an easy task until you consider the abundance of places mosquitoes can hatch eggs. After a heavy rain, check your yard for cupped leaves, such as magnolia leaves. If these leaves remain in the yard, they can support thousands of mosquito larvae.
- Old Tires: Old tires are notorious for housing mosquitoes. If you have any tires on your property, either store them under a waterproof tarp or in a garage. Even better, dispose of the tires properly.
- Do Not Let Them Enter Your Home: In the spring, it is common to open the windows and doors to allow the fresh Florida air to circulate. If your window frames have no screens, or if you do not have a screen door, chances are tiny mosquitoes will fly in with the air. Either keep the windows and doors to your home sealed or invest in screens to keep mosquitoes outdoors.
- Know When They are Active: Mosquitoes are most prevalent at dawn and dusk. Apply plenty of mosquito repellent during the day, and remain inside during their peak circulation times.
Call Apex Pest Control at (866) 675-4070 with any questions and concerns pertaining to mosquito protection and Orlando pest control. Read our other blogs to learn more about insect control and how to protect your family from insect-borne diseases.