According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the current West Nile Outbreak is one of the largest ever.
The reach of the virus has been widespread, and while Texas residents have been affected the most, the virus has been reported throughout the continental United States, including in the Catseye Pest Control-serviced regions of New York, California, Massachusetts and Nevada.
Ahead of the many outdoor barbecues set to take place during Labor Day Weekend, it is important to know how to protect yourself, family and friends from mosquito bites and this serious infection.
Mosquitoes prefer dark damp areas such as overhangs, bushes, shrubs, V-shaped plants, stagnant water and leaf debris. The key to reducing the mosquito population on your property is to reduce those resting sites. Before your guests come over this weekend, make sure to eliminate debris and dry all sources of standing water, such as bird feeders, dirty gutters or puddles collecting in sandboxes and toys.
People camping outdoors on Labor Day Weekend must ensure they have good mosquito nets and plenty of insect repellant reapplied regularly. Campers should remember that mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so long sleeves and pants should be packed for these times!
If you find yourself surrounded by mosquitoes despite your best attempts to limit them, make sure to move the party inside to prevent unwanted bites. Though only 20 percent of West Nile Virus-infected people show symptoms*, the virus has the potential to seriously harm your health.
From everyone at Catseye Pest Control, we hope everyone has a safe, fun and healthy holiday weekend.
"West Nile Virus Cases Hit 1590 Death Toll At 66." ABC News. Web. 29 Aug. 2012.