West Nile Virus Comes to Los Angeles
Mosquitoes never used to be much of a problem in the LA area, but over the last few years their population has skyrocketed due to changes in the climate and increased rainfall. Many have been proven to be carrying West Nile Virus, a potentially life-threatening infection.
Although most infected with West Nile only suffer mild symptoms such as headaches, skin rashes, and nausea, others will develop fevers, memory loss, difficulty walking, and fatigue. Southern California residents are now being hospitalized due to the infection and city officials are starting to take note. The district’s Director of Community Affairs, Kelly Middleton, weighed in on the development and urged LA residents to take the matter seriously.
“The majority of people who get West Nile virus will have only a mild or moderate illness, but it can be severe, can progress to life-threatening or debilitating illness,” Middleton said. “That typically happens with people over 50 or those with suppressed immune systems.”
There are a few steps you can take at home to ensure your home is safe from mosquitos.
Make sure to always wear mosquito repellent when you plan to be outdoors for an extended period of time.
Don’t leave water standing for more than a few days. This includes pet dishes, flower pots, fountains, or anything else that collects water.
Ensure any swimming pools or small bodies of water on/near your property are maintained and cleaned.
If you’re still concerned about the threat of mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, we offer exterior treatment for homes and businesses that is effective and affordable. We also provide bi-monthly services every other month where we treat your home for mosquitoes as well as ants, roaches, spiders, earwigs, crickets, and more. See the services below for more information.
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