Montgomery County residents beware — mosquito abatement teams have discovered that West Nile Virus activity is more widespread this year than in recent years. In fact, 38 positive samples have been collected in Montgomery County as of July 5, 2018, and a large majority of these were taken from The Woodlands. July has hardly begun, and we have a long summer ahead of us — these alarming numbers may even increase before the season’s end.
Pest Arrest is here to provide Montgomery County residents with professional mosquito control, and we are happy to answer your questions about this troublesome virus. Read on to learn more and contact our exterminators today for Top Rated Local pest control services.
How Is West Nile Virus Transmitted?
This virus can be transmitted to humans and other mammals via a bite from an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes contract the virus after feeding on infected birds. It is not a virus that can be spread through conventional means, like coughing, sneezing, or touching. Also, it cannot be transmitted by handling or eating infected birds or animals.
What Are the Symptoms?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most people infected with West Nile do not experience adverse symptoms. In fact, only 20 percent of those who are infected develop symptoms. Some individuals may develop symptoms that are similar to febrile illness, including:
- Moderate fever
- Body aches and joint pains
Approximately one in 150 people may develop severe symptoms consistent with encephalitis and meningitis that can lead to death, including:
- High fever
- Neck stiffness
- Confusion and/or disorientation
- Tremors and/or convulsions
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of vision
- Numbness and paralysis
If you are older than 60 years old with certain medical conditions, you could be at greater risk. Hiring a local pest control company for professional mosquito control can help protect you and your loved ones from this harrowing virus.
How Can Mosquito Control Help?
Because we know that West Nile Virus is transmitted via bites from infected mosquitos, the best way to protect yourself and loved ones is to avoid mosquito bites when possible. Mosquito treatments provided by experienced pest control technicians are both safe and effective at reducing the number of biters in your outdoor space.
When you hire Pest Arrest for your mosquito treatments, you can rest assured that we use EPA-registered compounds that are designed to eliminate biters for 30 days. The compounds we use are synthetic forms of pyrethrins. Pyrethrins are derived from a naturally occurring compound found in the chrysanthemum plant called pyrethrum. After your initial treatment, our team will come back each month to treat your yard in order to ensure that the barrier we created remains strong. This will prevent new mosquitoes from breeding in your yard.
Additionally, the CDC recommends taking the following mosquito prevention steps:
- Reduce areas of standing water in your yard.
- Close screen doors and windows and use air conditioning when possible.
- Use EPA-registered insect repellents when outdoors.
- Dress in clothing that covers your arms and legs.
- Treat clothing and tents with permethrin.
- Consider buying permethrin-treated clothing and gear.
Mosquito Control Montgomery County
Contacting an experienced pest control company in your area for professional mosquito control can go a long way in protecting your family from West Nile Virus. Whether you need a one-time treatment for a special event or you want to mosquito protection from March to November, Pest Arrest is here for you. Schedule your mosquito control service today to stay happy and healthy during the 2018 mosquito season.