The World Health Organization (WHO) recently noted that the widespread outbreak of Zika Virus is a result of poor mosquito control efforts.

This announcement was long overdue for the organization and stems from problems that weren’t addressed decades ago. Dr. Margaret Chan, lead of the WHO, admitted the organization did not make any moves to contain disease-carrying insects when they became more of a problem in the 1970’s. As a result, more than 60 countries have reported a case of Zika.

Why is Zika so Dangerous?

The virus is believed to cause severe birth defects and expectant mothers have been strongly urged by the WHO to not travel to areas of the world that have reported recent outbreaks. Consequently, many of the countries that are hit hardest by the virus also report higher-than-average unplanned pregnancies.

Why Is Zika a Problem Now?

The WHO admits that this Zika outbreak is the result of poor mosquito control methods — or none at all. Decades earlier when the virus was first a threat in the Americas, many states moved to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito which harbors the virus. Unfortunately due to poor elimination tactics, the population has since rebounded and is taking the Americas — including Rhode Island and Massachusetts — by storm.

At the moment, there is no available vaccine for women. For now, it’s up to homeowners and businesses to decided whether or not they want to treat their properties to reduce their mosquito population. At Mosquito Terminators, our team of professionals sprays every two weeks with a non-toxic product. The product we use is most effective on mosquito eggs and larvae — which means we eliminate these bugs at the source.

Stay safe and enjoy your yard this summer by contacting us today!