The Zika Virus and Your Home
As health experts begin warnings about a potential Zika virus outbreak in the United States, many North Carolina homeowners are searching for ways to protect themselves and their families from the disease.
Because Zika is spread by mosquitoes, it’s important for homeowners to explore their options for mosquito control. Mosquito populations begin to grow in early spring and continue throughout the summer, so the time to act is now.
A Zika infection usually results in mild, flu-like symptoms, so the virus isn’t a cause for panic. However, contracting Zika during pregnancy can cause debilitating birth defects, including microcephaly. Children with microcephaly can have a range of problems including intellectual disabilities, seizures, and developmental delays.
Lack of Mosquito Control In NC
The Zika virus poses a bigger threat in states like North Carolina which lack any state-wide program to monitor or control mosquito populations. Cuts to North Carolina’s mosquito program began in 2010, and the mosquito control funding was completely eliminated in 2011. While lawmakers are currently debating on how to combat the spread of Zika, many homes and communities are left susceptible to Zika and the range of medical conditions it causes.
Protect Your Family
It’s up to you to decide the best way to protect your family from mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry. Capital Pest has more than 30 years of experience in controlling and preventing mosquito outbreaks. To learn more, visit our mosquito control page.