The Zika virus is getting more and more common in the United States. It’s a very threatening disease that may show symptoms such as:
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
Truth be told, symptoms would most likely be mild and would last for a few days to a week. The chances of dying from the Zika virus is nearly impossible but that’s not the real threat of the virus. A Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called “microcephaly” where the baby would have severe brain defects and a tinier-than-normal brain.
No soon-to-be parent would ever want a fetal deformation such as microcephaly to affect their newborn baby. But are people in Des Moines, Iowa safe from the Zika virus?
Has the Zika Virus Spread to Des Moines, Iowa?
Not yet though small cases may be present. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that southern mosquitoes could travel to Des Moines, Iowa this summer. While experts believe that most wouldn’t carry the dreaded Zika virus, even a small percentage of carriers will endanger your family’s health.
The Asian Tiger, also known as the Aedes albopictus along with the Aedes aegypti transmits the Zika virus and has been found to be present in many areas of the United States. More than 63% of the U.S. population are in areas where the Zika virus may spread especially during the warmer months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently released a map showing Des Moines, Iowa within the range where the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes may be found. Earlier maps released by the federal agency didn’t show either of the species being active in Iowa. This has been a cause for alarm for some homeowners for fear that they may be at risk of contracting the disease, known for causing severe birth defects.
How You Can Protect Yourself From the Zika Virus
It has been reported that there have been four (4) cases of the Zika virus in Iowa and twelve (12) has been seen in Illinois. Further studies have shown that the cases reported were from those people who has traveled outside the United States. No one in Des Moines, Iowa is 100% safe from the Zika virus. Unless, of course, proper pest control practices are done.
Below are some pest control techniques that’ll greatly reduce the chances of Zika-virus carriers entering your home in Des Moines, Iowa:
- Eliminate all possible breeding places like stagnant water
- Apply larvicide in suspected breeding places
- Wear pants or long-sleeved shirts whenever you travel outside Des Moines, Iowa
- Insect repellents are also a great idea to repel mosquitoes
- Mosquito nets will also help keep your home Zika-virus-free
For your peace of mind, we can also help your home instantly become pest-free (including Zika-virus carriers). We’re professionals in Des Moines, Iowa that have dealt with different kinds of pests and disease-causing carriers such as the Aedes albopictus and the Aedes aegypt.
Contact us today and we’ll help turn your home into a safer one!