Protecting Your Family from West Nile Virus – What You Need to Know

Photos Courtesy of John Tann

Photos Courtesy of John Tann

There were 74 cases of West Nile virus in Florida last year, the peak of which were reported in the first week of August.

What are you doing to protect your family from mosquitoes this summer?

Many Southwest Florida communities are bordered by mangroves and tidal marshes that are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. With the recent heavy rains across the state, we are on the cusp of another vicious mosquito season.

The Florida Department of Health is stressing the importance of our residents and visitors protecting themselves against mosquito-borne diseases, so here are the “Five Ds” of defense:

Dusk and Dawn: Those are the peak times when mosquitoes are most active, so avoid outdoor activity during those hours.

DEET: Mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are are recommended. Apply to bare skin and clothing. Use mosquito netting to protect infants.

Drain: make sure you don’t allow pools of water to sit around your property. It only takes one cup of water for mosquitoes to breed. That leaves a few more places to multiply than just your bird bath or canal.

Dress: Wear protective clothing, including long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks.

Two more solutions that you may want to consider for home mosquito control are:

What are the symptoms of the West Nile virus?

The symptoms of West Nile virus include a rash, fever, headache, nausea or vomiting. Those with more severe symptoms may experience neck stiffness, disorientation, vision loss or tremors (shakes). Most people who are infected with West Nile will not experience symptoms, but those with a compromised immune system, older people or infants are more likely to feel the effects.

Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your summer! We’re here to help of you’re ever interested in learning more about mosquito control in Fort Myers, Naples or anywhere in Southwest Florida.

If you think your home may be the site of mosquito breeding grounds, call (800) 314-8813 at or contact us online to schedule a free evaluation today!