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Mosquitoes and Risks of Zika Virus in North Carolina

Mosquitoes and Risks of Zika Virus in North Carolina

       

The increase of mosquitoes in North Carolina makes the Zika virus more of a risk.  

 

Mosquitos are a problem all across the United States but according to a Fox 48 article, our own city of Charlotte ranks nine and the city of Raleigh sixth in the nation for high mosquito extermination jobs for the second year in a row. Along with being very irritating and itchy pests, these bugs can also potentially carry the Zika virus to North Carolina. Homeowners need to take the necessary precautions to exterminate and prevent these pests from spreading. Even though these pests are quite common around the United States, they can be mistaken for a crane fly or midge. The proper identification and education on mosquitoes are extremely important so that the right methods can be carried out to appropriately handle these pests.  

There are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes and only around 175 here in the United States. The common mosquito is around the size of a paper clip and has a dark brown shade with splashes of gold. Their average lifespan ranges anywhere from two weeks up to six months. The mosquito survives off human and animal blood, drinking up to three times their own weight.

The Asian Tiger mosquito is the most common in North Carolina. The Asian Tiger is the culprit for carrying the Zika virus but is also known to spread the Dengue and Chikungunya diseases. The Zika virus hit hard in 2017 with New York City having 38 known cases reported and has even spread out west to California having 17 cases. The Zika virus typically exhibits no symptoms but can cause permanent damage, beginning with paralysis. Even though this illness is quite rare, the Zika virus can become fatal if untreated.

To help prevent being bit by the mosquito, invest in mosquito repellent, citronella candles and avoid pools of still water. If you feel that you are still at risk of coming in contact with mosquitoes, contact your local pest control professionals to stop any further spreading. To read more about North Carolina’s mosquito outbreak check out Fox 48’s article. http://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/local-news/252485847-story  

 

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