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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness that makes the news every year in Central Texas. The primary carriers of West Nile Virus are birds. The virus builds up to high levels in birds’ bodies and the mosquitoes that bite them transmit the virus from sick birds to healthy ones. Some mosquitoes, such as Culex quinquefasciatus, bite both birds and humans, so the disease is sometimes transmitted to people. Humans are “dead end hosts,” which means that we don’t build up enough virus in our bodies to allow mosquitoes to transmit it from us to other species.

About 70%-80% of people who get West Nile Virus experience no symptoms at all, but for the unlucky few that do experience symptoms, they can be serious. Headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea and rashes are some of the primary symptoms, and in rare cases, those who contract this virus can get encephalitis or meningitis. People with preexisting conditions like diabetes and cancer are at higher risk for complications.

Right now there is no vaccine or antiviral remedy for West Nile Virus. The best protection you can get for you and your family is avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Follow the Five Ts of mosquito prevention, wear long sleeved, light-colored clothing, avoid the dusk and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active, and wear mosquito repellent.

The Mosquito Squad barrier spray program is the most effective way to control the mosquito population at your home. It eliminates 85% to 90% of the mosquitoes on your property. Let Mosquito Squad protect you, your family and property from mosquitoes and other pests that can potentially transmit harmful diseases like West Nile Virus.

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