How Mosquito Fogging Can Help Against The Rise Of West Nile Virus

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Understanding Of West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease majorly found in the continental United States. This infectious disease was first diagnosed in 1999 and is spread by infected mosquito bites. Most WNV cases are diagnosed in the  warm and wet months of summer when the mosquitos are most active.

Case studies show that the West Nile Virus severely affects people who are 60 years or older or have a weak immune system. With proper medication and medical treatment, a cure is possible. 

Symptoms Of West Nile Virus

Viruses are capable of causing severe neurological infection. Signs and symptoms of West Nile virus include:

  •         High fever
  •         Severe headache
  •         Stiff neck
  •         Seizures etc

The Rise of West Nile Virus in Southwest Florida

Tests conducted on sentinel chickens in Lee County detected positive results for the West Nile Virus. Although no human cases have been reported, the risk of transmission has increased. Therefore, local government officials have advised and warned to take necessary precautions by using mosquito fogging and repellents. 

Mosquito Fogging

Mosquito fogging first ‘knocks-down’ mosquitoes present and flying around and later works as a repellent, keeping them away. This is done by using a fine pesticide spray (aerosol). Mosquito foggers are ideal for preventing any mosquito-borne disease, including the West Nile Virus. 

Mosquito Fogging Isn’t Harmful

The fog/insecticide released is created by a synthetic pyrethroid, a substance used in domestic insect spray cans. This insecticide is combined with water and blasted through a blower to create a fog. The ratio of water in the insecticide is comparatively high and is disseminated in a very minut amount, capable of only killing a mosquito.

Low concentrations do not affect an individual’s health, whether spraying the insecticide yourself or by being exposed to it. It is odorless and does not affect allergies or other sensitivities. It is safe for pets as well.

The Mosquito Fogging Technique

Mosquito fogging disrupts the breeding cycle of mosquitoes.  Once Coastal Lawn and Pest has completed the initial fogging, the process will continue every three-to-four weeks. This will help cleanse the areas of adult mosquitoes and their eggs.   

The Best Time To Spray For Mosquitoes

For fast results, the prime time to spray for mosquitoes is when they are most active, and when adults, children, and pets are inactive. 

Mosquitoes are incredibly energetic and vulnerable at dusk and dawn, usually breeding or hunting for food. By avoiding daylight hours, you also avoid spraying other insects such as butterflies and bees. Also, the summer heat can evaporate the liquid insecticide. 

One should also take into consideration the peak mosquito season to get their fogging done. June, July and August are the prime mosquito breeding months in the United States, but that can extend from April to October in regions with warmer climates, such as  Florida. 

The Cost For Mosquito Fogging

Mosquito fogging costs vary depending on the dimension and density of your property’s herbage and the quantity of the insecticide utilized. Each property has different needs. Therefore, every barrier treatment is fully customized to treat your mosquito problems successfully. 

Why Choose Coastal Lawn & Pest Mosquito Fogging?

At Coastal Lawn and Pest, we pride ourselves on offering a practically undetectable, odorless, and highly-effective mosquito control solution. Coastal Lawn and Pest has a decade of experience providing mosquito fogging services in Southwest Florida. 

The vigilant team at Coastal Lawn and Pest deeply survey your property to give you an estimated quote before the fogging. They also guide you with necessary precautions such as clearing out the lawn of any material that might be a home for mosquito breeding and opening up the doors and windows so that the fogging is done efficiently and thoroughly.  So, get ahead of your mosquitoes and consult with our agents now!