Learn The Latest West Nile Facts to Help Stay Safe

west nile virus facts

It’s likely you’ve heard of West Nile Virus. It’s just one of the many mosquito bite transmitted viruses that are making headlines is recent news. While just the sound of the virus is scary enough, it’s important to understand why it presents a danger to you and your family in order to protect yourself and your loved ones during fall – a season when mosquitoes are very active. If you’re just hearing about West Nile virus (also called West Nile fever), or a friend or loved one contracted the disease recently, these facts will provide you with the information you need to help you stay safe.

West Nile is a Real Threat
West Nile Virus is a virus spread by mosquito bites. When a human contracts the virus, the are susceptible to severe symptoms including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. While it’s been mentioned in the media a lot recently, it isn’t new. In fact, the first detection of West Nile in North America was in 1999. Since then, West Nile infected mosquitoes have spread to all states besides Alaska and Hawaii. Since there is no vaccine to protect against the virus, those who enjoy spending time outdoors, or who work outdoors should take extra precaution to avoid contracting the illness.

West Nile Can Kill
West Nile Virus can lead to a dangerous neurologic infection like meningitis and encephalitis, and in the case of those who do develop one of these conditions, recovery can take months, and up to 10% will die. Since West Nile can be found in mosquitoes in nearly every part of North America, there is cause for concern and an urgency to do everything possible to stay protected. Since the virus is almost always spread by mosquito bites, it makes sense to take action to stop mosquitoes from biting, or getting near people at all.

West Nile Mosquitoes are Everywhere
Due to the fact that West Nile infected mosquitoes can be found in every state besides Alaska and Hawaii, no area is safer or less susceptible to the infection than others. The CDC recommends using insect repellents when you go outdoors, as well as layering with long pants, sleeves, and socks that cover the ankle. The CDC also recommends taking measures to mosquito-proof your home, which can include installing screens in all windows, removing standing water (like empty plant pots, tarps, and anything else which can catch rainwater and serve as a place for mosquitoes to breed and congregate), and getting outdoor mosquito control for your yard.

You Can Help Protect Yourself
If you’ve never heard of home mosquito control, you’ll be interested to know that the technology could help protect your family from West Nile Virus. The system of spraying an effective mosquito control formula involves expert application by a vector-trained technician who will work to create and reinforce a mosquito control border around your property. If you’re ready to learn more about how this innovative system can help protect your outdoor living space, contact us today!

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