Archive | June 2013

Mosquitos are Testing Positive for West Nile Virus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30,000 people throughout the United States have been made sick as a result of the West Nile Virus. The West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause serious and life altering medical problems.  The Virus can cause West Nile Fever, flu-like symptoms, headaches, altered mental status, a stiff neck, acute flaccid paralysis syndrome, inflammation of the brain and neurological complications depending upon how your body is affected and the strain of the virus that you encounter.

Unfortunately, this life-threatening and serious disease has come to Texas. Mosquitos in various locations throughout Texas have tested positive for West Nile virus this year in 2013. This means that when you are outside and exposed to mosquitos, you are potentially at risk of contracting this life-threatening violence. You need to do everything possible to protect yourself and that means making sure your backyard is not a breeding ground for mosquitos.

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Protecting Yourself from the West Nile Virus

Since mosquitos spread the West Nile virus, the single best way that you can avoid exposure to this life-altering virus is to avoid coming into contact with mosquitos as much as possible.  

Mosquitos tend to be very attracted to damp or moist areas, and to areas of standing water. Avoiding standing water, therefore, is one of the keys to making sure you do not experience exposure to the West Nile virus. Unfortunately, many people have drainage issues in their backyards or around their homes. As a result of these drainage issues, you may find your own home to be a location where there are a lot of mosquitos living and breathing.

Having these mosquitos in your space and having standing water to attract ever more bugs will increase your chances significantly of coming into contact with a mosquito that has West Nile. Your kids who play outside during the summer months will also be at risk of being bit by an infected mosquito, as will your neighbors and anyone who visits your home.

Because West Nile is so dangerous, you owe it to yourself, your family and your friends to fix standing water problems that could result in your home becoming a hotbed for mosquitos. This means that if you are having drainage issues, you need to resolve those issues as soon as possible in order to reduce the chances that mosquitos will move in and bring the West Nile virus with them.

To resolve your drainage issues as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, you should consult with an experienced drainage professional to advise you as to your options. A qualified and experienced professional who specializes in drainage issues can visit your home or building, take a look at your standing water, help you to discover what is causing your drainage problems and assist you in finding the right solution to resolve your problems and make your home a safer place to be.  

Don’t wait until the summer heat brings even more mosquitos to your home- act today and get rid of the mosquito breeding ground in your space.