NPMA Urges Caution as Virus Spreads: Preventative Tips for Zika Virus
As concerns over Zika virus grows, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is urging the public to take precautions to help curb problems during warmer months. “We are monitoring the situation closely and working to help the public on ways to not only avoid contact with mosquitoes when traveling to regions where the disease is present, but also how they can eliminate breeding grounds at home as spring and summer approaches,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA.
NPMA Suggests the Following Prevention Tips:
- The type of Aedesmosquito that carries Zika virus is a daytime biter, so people should take steps to protect their skin from mosquito bites at all times of day by applying an insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. Also consider wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toe shoes.
- Mosquito-borne diseases that may be rare in the U.S. are common in many foreign countries, so anyone traveling outside the U.S. should be aware of travel advisories in effect. If a person falls ill upon returning home, seek prompt medical attention.
- Homeowners should eliminate areas of standing water around the property such as flowerpots, birdbaths, baby pools, and grill covers. Mosquitoes only need about half an inch of water to breed. It’s also recommended to screen all windows and doors, and patch up even the smallest tear. If there are concerns about mosquito activity, homeowners should contact a licensed pest control company or their local mosquito abatement district.
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