Whenever people hear headlines that include diseases like West Nile virus and terms like “outbreak” or “detection,” hysteria begins to spread. While yes, West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses are dangerous, there are actions that you can take towards preventing you or your loved ones from being infected. As West Palm Beach pest control experts, we know a thing or two about mosquito prevention and protection — and we are here to both inform and protect people from pests here in Palm Beach County.
Join us in today’s blog as we discuss the recent detection of West Nile virus in The West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, and Jupiter areas.
What Is The West Nile Virus?
West Nile virus is something that pretty much everyone has heard about, but not many people actually understand what the virus is and the impact it can have. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that is commonly seen during the summer season, as well as fall in warmer parts of the country like Palm Beach County.
There are currently no medications or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus, but luckily the virus is not dangerous to most people. Only about one in five people actually develop symptoms of West Nile virus, with the most common symptoms being the development of a fever as well as a rash. However, the West Nile virus can be dangerous to some, with one in 150 people developing serious, sometimes fatal, illnesses. So how serious is the West Nile virus issue here in Palm Beach County?
The Recent Detection Of West Nile Virus In Palm Beach County
During the month of October, the greater Palm Beach County area saw a number of West Nile virus cases, with the latest being detected in a flock of sentinel chickens in Delray Beach. Luckily, there have not been any confirmed human West Nile virus cases in Palm Beach County — with the last known human case being in 2011.
Rather than telling members of local Palm Beach County communities like West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, and Boca Raton to worry about the recent spike in confirmed West Nile virus cases, the health department is simply suggesting that people be aware of the issue, and to take steps to avoid becoming bitten by a mosquito. But what can you do to avoid coming in contact with a mosquito?
Mosquito Prevention Tips From Your Local Mosquito Exterminators
At Native Pest Management, we see a lot of mosquitoes here in the greater West Palm Beach areas where we operate. In fact, people get in touch with us daily to help them rid their property of mosquitos so that they can be better protected from mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus. Below, we have listed a few of the mosquito-bite prevention methods that we have found to be most effective!
Wear Bug Spray
It might seem silly that we even suggest such an obvious mosquito-repelling precaution, but not enough people utilize bug spray to prevent mosquito bites. There are many different bug sprays that can be used as mosquito repellant, but some of the most effective are made with DEET, IR-3535, and Picaridin — all being synthesized chemicals specially designed to deter pests. When it comes to bug spray, just remember that a little bit goes a long way!
Prepare Your Property
One of the best mosquito control methods is to make sure your property is less desirable, or harder to access, for mosquitos — and there are two ways that we suggest you do so.
Outside – Outside of your home, it is important that you drain any standing water that could potentially become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It doesn’t take much water for mosquitoes to adequately lay their eggs, in fact, they can do so in pools of water as little as a leaf. By eliminating standing water on your property, you can lessen the likelihood that mosquito populations will thrive on your property.
Inside – The best form of mosquito control in your home is to keep them out in the first place. One of the ways that you can do so is to make sure that call cracks around windows and doors are properly sealed, as well as inspect any screens in your home for small tears. In doing so, you can rest easy knowing that your home is safe from mosquitoes.
Have Your Property Treated
While you can spend a ton of time preparing your property and home with mosquito control precautions, there really is nothing that you can do that is more effective than contacting a team of professional mosquito exterminators to treat your property. At Native Pest Management, our team of professional mosquito exterminators treats properties in two ways — with biorational larvicides and with Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs). Biorational larvicides are a treatment that we can add to standing water on your property (ponds, fountains, etc.) that inhibit mosquitos’ ability to breed for up to 30 days. Insect Growth Regulators are microencapsulated pesticides that we can treat your property with by using a backpack fogger that will discourage mosquitoes from breeding on your property, as well as neighboring properties.
Contact native Pest Management Today For Mosquito Control
West Nile virus is everywhere, and often times, people are infected with the virus without even knowing it — but that doesn’t have to happen to you and your family. With the recently confirmed cases of West Nile virus in sentinel chicken flocks around the greater Palm Beach County area, it is crucial that you contact us at Native Pest Management today to schedule a treatment of your property from our team of experienced mosquito exterminators.
At Native Pest Management, we are dedicated to keeping your property free of mosquitos. In fact, if the first treatment that we provide does not take, we will re-treat your property at no cost. If it does not take the second time, we will provide you with a 100% refund. So what are you waiting for? Contact us today for a free estimate!