Mosquitoes Bring a New Threat to Florida Homeowners
August 9, 2018
In case you hadn’t heard, there have been reports of a new mosquito-borne virus, the Keystone virus. In a recent PCT online article, the University of Florida stated that there has been at least one confirmed human case of Keystone virus in Florida. This virus appears to be transmitted by mosquitoes that have obtained the virus from infected animals. This virus was discovered in 1964 and had been found only in animals up to this point. This new awareness of yet another disease from mosquitoes only increases the importance of mosquito control in Florida where weather conditions allow for mosquito activity nearly all year long.
In Florida, mosquito season can start any time between February to March and typically begins winding down in October. During this time, mosquitoes will breed rapidly and become especially problematic. Though mosquitoes are annoying pests, they are also dangerous as they can carry and transmit illnesses such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, chikungunya fever, dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, and now, Keystone virus. The symptoms of these mosquito-borne diseases can range from mild to severe and often include fever, body aches, stiffness, headache, nausea, and joint pain.
If you are a Florida resident, it is important that you take some simple steps to protect yourself against mosquitoes in order to avoid the illnesses they spread, including Keystone virus! At the very least, you should drain any areas of standing water on your property that mosquitoes could use lay their eggs in! It is also important to use screens to keep mosquitoes out of your home and to wear light-colored clothing and use an effective mosquito repellent when you venture outdoors.
The best way to avoid mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit is to enlist the help of a professional pest control service to reduce the mosquito population on your property. You can count on the proven track-record of Lindsey Pest Services; we have been providing pest control since 1957! Our efficient and effective pest control has earned us a plethora of happy customers who also boast of our friendly services. At Lindsey Pest Services, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the community with reliable, high-quality, and environmentally-friendly services.
At Lindsey Pest Services, we put the needs and expectations of our customers first. Call our experienced professionals today to learn more about the programs we have designed to eliminate mosquitoes and other common Jacksonville pests. We would be happy to help!
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