How To Be Prepared for West Nile Virus

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It is that time of year once again, with the change of season that every avid outdoor person needs to begin thinking about pest control, but specifically ways to protect yourself from West Nile Virus Mosquitoes. This virus is dangerous and a real threat that affects 1000’s of people yearly, up to and including death. Here is a step by step things to know and ways to protect from West Nile Virus Mosquitoes.

West Nile Virus is a bite from an already infected mosquito. Basically a mosquito picks up the virus when it feeds upon the blood of a bird that has the virus.

• What are the times of the year for West Nile Virus? Typically it runs in the cycle of April through October.

What is the best prevention to West Nile Virus?

Simple, clothing. When spending time outdoors early dawn or after dusk, you will best protect yourself with long clothing. Long sleeved shirts and pants are advisable. Simply put they have less to feed off. In addition products like “OFF” and other mosquito repellents are very helpful with their scents in driving mosquito’s away.

• Tip. One of the best areas to eliminate or stay away from are standing still pools of water. Like pool covers, bird baths, fountains, and eliminating large puddles after a rain storm.

Remember in the overwhelming majority of people, if bitten, they will not have a severe reaction. However, the only way to know this is to experience a bite. These tips and preventive measures can eliminate knowing that you are a member of a small percentage that will get seriously ill. In fact the two most prevalently affected groups are the elderly and people experiencing an existing illness. Be sure to take precautions with these groups and with yourself. Enjoy this time of year, but stay protected. West Nile Virus is here to stay, but you can eliminate 95% of the risks by following these useful tips.

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