After a relatively mild winter followed by a rainy, wet spring, conditions are perfect for mosquitoes to thrive in the state of Connecticut this summer. Mosquitoes are more than just irritating, they also can transmit mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile virus. West Nile virus season starts in July and can continue through early October. With mosquitoes being most active in July and August, it is important to have a protection plan in place for you and your family.
West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is the leading mosquito-borne illness in the United States and is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes themselves become infected when they feed on an infected bird Although most people do not feel sick when they contract the disease, about one in five will run a fever and be fatigued. One in 150 will develop a more serious illness, per the Center for Disease Control. There is currently no vaccine for the virus, nor is there a medication people can take when they contract it. Most people take over the counter medications to relieve aches and pains, and some doctors may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection or complications. Nonetheless, there is no cure. The best way to avoid West Nile transmission
is to not get bitten by mosquitoes in the first place.
West Nile Virus in Connecticut
In 2018, the West Nile Virus was a significant threat in the state, particularly in Fairfield, Hartford, and New Haven Counties. Last year, there were 23 cases of the virus in the state of Connecticut – and one was even deadly. This year, the state is already checking for incidences of the virus as of June. According to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health, as of the end of June 2019, no West Nile virus cases have been reported in Connecticut. The disease tends to rear its head in the latter part of the summer, but it is never too soon to begin engaging in preventative measures. This way, you can enjoy the outdoors – worry-free.
Tips to Reduce Mosquito Populations in Your Yard
- Eliminate any sources of standing water.
- Empty bird baths, children’s toys, kiddie pools, tire swings, and gardening containers like watering cans and empty pots.
- Regularly clean gutters and check for clogs from leaves so rainwater doesn’t pool.
- Drill holes in tire swings, trash cans, or recycling bins, so water will drain out.
- Use soil to fill in low areas and landscaped areas where rainwater may collect and stand.
- Keep swimming pools clean, circulating, and filtered. Mosquitoes cannot breed in chlorinated water.
- Repair any leaks in outdoor faucets or hoses.
- Keep grass and shrubs cut short, as adult mosquitoes gather to rest in shady, cool areas.
- Professional mosquito control treatment is a great way to keep your yard protected.
What Mosquito Joe of Gold Coast CT Can Do For You
Mosquito Joe of Gold Coast CT offers effective mosquito barrier treatments that eliminate pesky mosquitoes for up to 21 days! Our trained and licensed technicians apply an effective barrier treatment that targets shrubs and plants around your yard. This both kills mosquitoes and larvae on contact and then acts as a repellent for up to three weeks*. After a short wait of 30 minutes your yard is ready for some outdoor fun!
Call Mosquito Joe of Gold Coast CT today to discuss the mosquito activity in your backyard and how we can help you enjoy your summer days and nights without being pestered by the particularly active mosquito population this summer.
*All-Natural treatments remain active for approximately two weeks per application.