zika virus mosquito sucking bloodThe Zika Virus is in the news because it is scary.  A ‘growing body of evidence’ suggests that the Zika Virus causes microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect of the brain.  That is a reasonable thing to fear.

As of today, there are no cases of the Zika Virus being contracted in the United States.  So technically, it does not exist in the U.S. But the Zika Virus remains in South and Central America. But that was the same thing with fire ants not so long ago.  Increased international travel means it is reasonable to expect the Zika Virus to be a health issue for Americans sooner rather than later.

Mosquito control has often been synthetic chemical pesticides.  But these chemicals have proven to be toxic to humans and the environment.  They are also losing effectiveness.  What easily killed a mosquito 10 years ago is now harmless.  Today we have super-duper-overcome-any-chemical mosquitoes of today.

How to protect yourself from the Zika Virus:

To protect yourself from mosquito bites, you must prevent them.  The potential problems are serious – Zika, West Nile Virus, Dengue, Malaria, and many other potential health issues.  Here are proven steps to avoid mosquito bites:

1) Remove Mosquito Breeding Sites

Mosquitoes require fresh, standing water to lay eggs. Make sure you empty all standing water on your property on an ongoing basis.

2) Avoid Dawn and Dusk

Most mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk so stay inside during those times.

3) Cover Up

If there is no exposed skin, a mosquito bite is thwarted. Wear long sleeve and pants to cover as much skin as possible.

4) Repel mosquitoes using Greenbug for People/Pets

Many products are just offensive to mosquitoes (Citronella, DEET, etc.).  Yet these have serious drawbacks whereas Greenbug for People/Pets does not.  Citronella offends them but a hungry mosquito will burst right through it.  DEET is a synthetic neuro-toxin linked to a variety of health issues.  Greenbug is made with ingredients found in Nature.  Cedar and hydrated silica (which is a liquid state of quartz rock).  These ingredients are fine for us and the environment but deadly to mosquitoes.

Be smart and safe.  Prevent mosquito breeding, avoid them however you can, and make sure they avoid you by using Greenbug for People/Pets.