Working in mosquito control in Winston Salem, NC, we get a lot of questions about Zika, and for good reason. According to the World Health Organization,

70 countries and territories (Fig. 1, Table 1) have reported evidence of mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission since 2007 (67 with reports from 2015):

  • 53 with a first reported outbreak from 2015 onward.

  • 4 with having possible endemic transmission or evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in 2016.

  • 13 with evidence of local mosquito-borne Zika infections in or before 2015, but without documentation of cases in 2016, or with the outbreak terminated.

Zika is something that has been talked about on the news, but there’s still a lack of understanding on why it’s so serious. That’s why we wanted to answer some frequently asked questions about it. Here are 3 of your questions about Zika answered. 

What Is Zika?

According to the CDC, Zika is a “disease is caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito[…]The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects”

What is Microcephaly?

Basically, it’s a birth defect where the baby’s head is much smaller than expected. During a normal pregnancy, a baby’s head should grow because the brain is growing. If Zika causes Microscephaly, that means the baby’s brain has not developed properly during pregnancy or after birth, which results in a smaller head size. According to NPR, 51 babies were born with Zika related birth defects in 2016. As Michaeleen Doucleff reports,

“Of those women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus, there were 77 reported pregnancy losses and 51 babies born with birth defects, including 43 babies with microcephaly or brain abnormalities. Other babies had eye abnormalities or neural tube defects.”

That means the impact of Zika isn’t just a problem abroad, but in the US as well.

How Can You Prevent Zika?

The best way to protect you and your family from Zika is by preventing mosquito bites. That can mean using EPA registered insect repellants, wear full coverage clothing, and get mosquito control from the experts in Winston Salem NC. At No Mosquitos, we employ a comprehensive strategy to control mosquito populations in and around your yard. We use our knowledge and experience from 30 years of service to inspect your yard to get the critters where they live and breed. Mosquitoes breed so quickly that killing the flying adults is not enough to deal with the problem. We come up with a game plan to both remove the pests and prevent them from coming back. Our expert technicians will advise you on how to eliminate the breeding grounds and can even provide seasonal treatment. Take back control today by contacting us to make an appointment.