Summer may have come and gone, but the threat of West Nile virus season isn't over quite yet. In fact, West Nile virus season usually doesn't end until closer to October, especially in warmer regions.
West Nile virus is spread through mosquito bites, and most people don't even realize they have it. In fact, it usually passes without consequences. Some people will feel like they've come down with the flu for a few days. Rarely, West Nile virus will develop into something more menacing, especially among the elderly or people with compromise immune systems. This year has been particularly bad, especially in Los Angeles County where about 81 cases have been identified.
To prevent West Nile virus, here are some steps you can take to protect you and your family.
Always Protect Yourself When You Go Outside
During the times when mosquitoes are most active, you should always protect yourself before heading outside. First, always wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts when going outside in the early morning or late afternoon hours. Second, always wear insect repellent on exposed areas of the skin. If you're wearing clothing made of material that could be easily pierced by mosquitoes, be sure to apply insect repellent to your entire body. Finally, install an outdoor fan on your patio to keep mosquitoes away.
Inspect Your Property
Most mosquito bites occur on your own property, which is why you need to take a proactive approach to mosquito prevention. Here are a couple things you can do around your home to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Keep Your Screens in Good Repair
Mosquitoes will find any way to get into your home. Once they're inside, you may not even realize they are there until you wake up with bites. You can keep them out of your home by keeping your screens in good repair.
Reduce Standing Water
Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. To keep mosquitoes away, inspect your home for areas of standing water. Repair leaky faucets as soon as you find them, and clear away any puddles you find.
Hire Pest Control Services
If you find mosquito activity in your yard, you should call for pest control services as soon as possible. Delaying proper pest control services will increase your risk of contracting West Nile virus. Be sure to let your neighbors that you have a mosquito problem in your yard so that they can take measure to protect themselves as well.
Contact a company like E & R Exterminating Company, Inc. if you're concerned about pests on your property.