As mosquito control experts in Winston Salem, NC, we get a lot of questions from business owners on how they can protect their workers, and for good reason. Mosquitoes are not just an irritating nuisance. They are classified as one of the most dangerous insects in the world. They can carry a host of deadly diseases and spread them far and wide due to their exponential multiplication abilities. Diseases that are spread to people by mosquitoes include Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria. With that in mind, here are 3 FAQ’s about mosquito borne disease answered, with CDC guidelines in mind.

1. Are My Workers at Risk?

Typically your workers are at risk if their work involves being outside. That puts these professions in particular at risk:

  • Farmers
  • Foresters
  • Landscapers
  • Groundskeepers
  • Gardeners
  • Painters
  • Roofers
  • Pavers
  • Construction Workers
  • Laborers
  • Mechanics
  • Entomologists
  • Wildlife Biologists
  • Field workers.

In addition, laboratory and clinical workers who handle infected fluids or tissues could also be at risk of infection. Although they don’t often have the risk of mosquito bites, transmission of mosquito borne diseases can occur through a break in their skin or through a sharp penetration injury.

2. What Can I Do to Protect Them?

That being said, you can still protect your workers from mosquito borne diseases by taking a variety of protective measures. First and foremost, mosquitoes breed in standing water. Make sure to do the following to prevent more mosquito breeding:

  • Turn over or Cover Your Equipment– At the end of the day, it’s important to cover or turn over your equipment to make sure no water collects there for breeding.
  • Fill In Any Ruts or Holes– If there any areas that collect standing water on your work site, fill them if you can to prevent breeding. In addition, remove tires, buckets, bottles, and barrels that collect water.
  • Add Drainage– If there are containers that can’t be covered or flipped over, place drain holes that collect water.

If you’re worried about indoor work sites, you can keep mosquitoes out by making sure that doors and windows have screens and are kept closed whenever possible.

3. What Can My Employees Do?

Of course, it’s also effective to make sure both management and employees are working together to the risk of mosquito bites while working outdoors. A good way for workers to take part is by helping to reduce standing water, wearing long sleeved t-shirts and long pants, and using EPA registered insect repellents on exposed skin and clothing. Most importantly, workers who develop symptoms of mosquito borne diseases should report it to their supervisor and get medical attention.

Need More Help With Mosquitoes?

The best way to protect yourself and your employees is by getting the mosquito control you need in Winston Salem, NC. No Mosquitoes has been in the pest control business for over 30 years and counting. Not only can we help with your mosquito problem, we can deal with all your pest control needs. We specialize in great customer service and safe, effective control of pests in and around your home or business. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.