An annoying pest may have just become deadlier
In North Texas, the dog days of summer are known for stifling heat and restless locals. This summer, however, there’s a potentially serious threat to the health and well-being of people and pets across the Metroplex. According to numerous reports, mosquitoes bearing a potentially deadly pathogen have appeared in the region this year. In other parts of the country, mosquitoes with even more exotic ailments are making the rounds as well.
The West Nile Scare
Over the past several months, nearly a dozen pools of mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been discovered in various corners of the metro area, including:
• Two Dallas ZIP Codes
• Cedar Hill
West Nile is a serious disease that causes flu-like symptoms, including muscle aches, headaches and fever, in about 20% of those infected. In rarer cases, it can lead to encephalitis that causes neurological damage and even paralysis. If it’s left untreated, it can be fatal in children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?
Public health officials warn Metroplex residents to take commonsense steps to protect themselves from this threat. Although every newly discovered pool triggers insecticide spraying by city or county officials, these treatments may not eliminate every mosquito. It’s critical that you use strong bug repellent, wear long clothing and minimize outdoor activity at dawn and dusk.
If you worry about using repellent that includes DEET, try gentler alternatives that use active ingredients like picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Also, be sure to remove standing water and other mosquito-friendly places from your property. Finally, a focused program of pest control may also be useful.
It should be clear that you can’t abide by mosquitoes on your property or in your home. Fortunately, ABC Home & Commercial Services is proud to offer a range of pest control solutions that can manage the spread of these bugs and improve the quality of life of your family and pets. If you’re ready to get serious about your mosquito problem, we’re ready to help. Give us a call at (469) 549-7300 or fill out our online contact form.