While the chances of the Zika virus spreading to Western New York are incredibly low, the passing of Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of mosquito season across the United States. And this has left many individuals nervous about mosquitoes and the possibility of contracting this disease – which is currently making its way throughout South and Central America.
According to this study by Vox, the virus is not yet transmitting in mosquitoes in the United States, although there have been a few cases in individuals who have recently returned from tropical vacations.
As of right now, Zika can be found only in the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, and one of scientists biggest concerns about infection in the US is that Aedes Albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) will also pick up the virus. A mosquito that has a much larger range across the country, this could increase the virus’ spread exponentially.
States most at risk include Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Small clusters of outbreaks are a concern in these areas, but luckily, screened windows and air conditioning units will help to keep mosquitoes out of homes.
As of right now, vacationers within the continental United States do not have to worry about contracting the Zika virus, but those leaving the country should review this traveler’s guide created by the CDC.
On top of their ability to carry diseases like the Zika virus, mosquitoes are an incredibly annoying pest whose bite leaves you itchy for days. To keep mosquitoes at bay this summer, Comfort Pest Control recommends keeping the area directly surrounding your home free of moisture, standing water and shade.
For more information on our summer pest control services, contact us by phone at 716-908-2475.