How Can You Protect Against the Zika Virus?

August 12, 2016By

Zika Virus is an infectious disease that is spreading across many countries in the world. It can cause birth defects and deformities, and is often symptomless. It is spread from one person to another in a few different ways, mosquito bites being one of these. By protecting yourself from mosquitos you will minimize your chances of being infected with Zika virus. The following information will help you to maintain a mosquito-free home and give you tips if you plan to travel.

 

Protect Yourself from Mosquito Bites

Mosquitos can carry disease and spread infection. Here are a number of ways to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

  • Anti-Insect Clothing is specially designed to keep mosquitos at bay. Each garment comes with built-in odorless repellent which stays in the material and will not rub off onto your skin. Garment sizes can vary, making them suitable for the whole family. They are incredibly durable, meaning they can be washed and laundered without losing their effectiveness.
  • Bug Repellant is another way of keeping insects away from you. There are a number of active ingredients you should look for when choosing a repellant to ensure it’s of a good strength. These include picaridin, DEET, eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol and IR3535. Insect repellant should be used as instructed and be applied to fabrics such as clothing rather than directly to the skin.
  • Protect Children from insect or mosquito bites by dressing them in clothing that protects their legs and arms. If you use a baby stroller, carrier or crib, ensure that mosquito nets are placed over them to ensure they don’t get bitten while they’re sleeping or travelling. There are a number of chemical based sprays that may not be suitable for children under a certain age, so make sure you always read the label in advance and find a spray that can be used on young children.

Plan for Travel

It’s important to be knowledgeable about where Zika virus is most prominent before travelling. As a general rule, pregnant women should avoid countries where there is a known infection risk, as Zika is especially harmful to unborn babies. The latest travel notices will give you the information you need about which areas to avoid.

Take Preventative Steps for Your Home

Here are the steps you can take while at home to prevent mosquitos.

  • Eliminate standing water around your house (as even a bottle cap full of water can breed 1000 mosquitos). It is recommended that at least once a week, you empty, clean or throw away any items that hold water such as pools, buckets, tires, bird baths or toys. Mosquitos are very attracted to water and tend to lay eggs near a water source which is why it’s especially important to be vigilant. Any water container should have a lid, even if it’s small. You can also get mesh barriers that have holes smaller than a mosquito, which can be used to cover other water sources such as swimming pools.
  • Use screens on doors and windows. Ensure that the screens are specifically designed to keep bugs and insects from entering the home and ensure that no windows or doors are left open unless they are protected by a net.
  • Use air conditioning if this is available. Air conditioning will assist in keeping your home ventilated and cool without needing to open a window or door.
  • Scrub items that hold water once per week. This could include toys, tires, outdoor trays, plant pots, paddling pools or any other household item that can collect water.
  • Hire a professional service to treat your home. A professional will be able to identify any area of your house or garden that might be a breeding ground for mosquitos. They can then take effective steps to treating the problem. For best results this should take place every 2 months. Chemical based treatments will be safe for your children and pets to be around after the service is complete, and you will have peace of mind that the home has been properly protected.

There are a number of preventative measures you can take to keep mosquitos away. To hear more information about our services and how we can help you, contact us today.

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