Mosquitos and Zika

    Even though it doesn’t feel like it – due to all the rain and mild temperatures – summertime is upon us!!!  However, that means the mosquitos are too!!!  Ugh!!!

    With all of the rain we have had lately, it only stands to reason that the mosquitos will be much more problematic this year than usual and to make matters worse, the Zika virus is a huge concern.

    According to the Center for Disease Control, Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito.

    “The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.”

    Unfortunately, there has been a confirmed case of Zika in Travis County back in February, but that person had recently traveled to Columbia, according to the Austin government website. See the full article at http://www.austintexas.gov/news/first-confirmed-case-zika-virus-travis-county .

    It seems that pregnant women are the most seriously affected by this disease and should take extra precautions when outdoors this summer.

    The following ideas can help eliminate these pests from your yard.

    1. Remove all standing water areas.
    2. Keep trash compartments away from gathering areas.
    3. Make sure gardens and flower pots are weeded.
    4. Spray your yard with mosquito repellents and ask neighbors to do the same.
    5. Use citronella candles, sticks, and oils in high traffic areas.
    6. Plant mosquito repelling plants such as lemon grass, catnip, rosewood, geraniums and lavender.
    7. Contact a company that specializes in getting rid of mosquitos

    We hope you enjoy this mild weather – without the sting of a mosquito bite!!!

    If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com.  It would be an honor to earn your business!

    For more information on the Zika virus, go to www.cdc.gov/zika.

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