Mosquitoes live on almost every continent in the world, and with those mosquitoes come the illnesses and diseases they carry. One disease that is making headlines these days is Zika virus.

What is Zika Virus?

Zika virus was first discovered in the Zika Forest in Uganda back in 1947, though did not attract as much attention as it is now. In 1952, the first human case of Zika was reported, and the disease spread through tropical Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Reports of Zika virus outbreaks in Brazil have many Americans worried that North America could be next, and the World Health Organization has issued warning that it could spread to other territories in the next few years. At the moment, reports of Zika have been reported in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

How Do I Avoid Zika?

No reports of Zika virus transmission have been made in the United States, so you can rest assured knowing that the chances for getting Zika are slim in Rhode Island. However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be at risk when you travel abroad.

There have been reports of positive diagnoses in Americans who traveled to affected areas. It’s difficult to determine whether or not one has the virus because it shares similarities with other illnesses (flu-like symptoms). One way to ensure you and your family stay clear of the Zika virus is to not travel in places that have reported outbreaks.

Will Treating Our Yard Prevent Zika?

The chances of the Zika virus coming to Rhode Island are slim at this moment, but treating your yard with the help of the Mosquito Terminators of Rhode Island can significantly reduce the mosquito population. Don’t forget that there are other mosquito-borne illnesses that are far more common in the US. Contact our mosquito control company today to establish a yard treatment schedule.