Protect Yourself From The Zika Virus

The threat of Zika right here in Florida is starting to spread. There have been over 80 cases reported in central Florida, and more in other areas too. It is traveling by mosquito bite, and people can become infected without even knowing it. There are some simple ways that you can help to protect your family and keep away as many mosquitoes as possible.

Remove Standing Water

Get rid of any standing water in your yard. Fill in holes that tend to gather rainwater, tip over buckets and barrels, and look for any other containers that might be holding any other stagnant water. Mosquitoes only need a couple of inches of water to lay their eggs. Thousands of eggs can be laid by a single mosquito, leaving your yard susceptible to an infestation. Removing the standing water will allow you to remove the breeding ground and will help to cut down the mosquito population.

Mosquito Travel

The mosquitoes who carry the Zika virus don’t tend to travel very far. A mosquito lives for about three weeks in its entire life. During that three weeks, the mosquito typically travels about the length of two football fields. This means that the Zika virus is not traveling in leaps and bounds, it is only traveling in short spans. If you eliminate the mosquitoes traveling to your area, chances are you can keep it from spreading further.

Traveling Concerns

If you are planning a trip for fun to an area that is having a big problem with the Zika virus, you might want to consider postponing your trip. Save it for another time when the Zika virus is not such a big hazard and pick another location. If you have to travel to an area for work or to visit family, take precautions to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. Pack bug spray, wear protective clothing, and research other ways to help prevent a bite. Prevention is the best prevention method right now, so even if you feel ridiculous, it is worth staying safe.

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