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What is the Zika Virus?

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Zika Virus and Mosquito Control in Georgia

What is Zika virus? Ask SWAT and protect your homeAs you may have heard the CDC has confirmed the first travel-related Zika case in Georgia. The CDC notes that the “Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.”

It is reported that the Zika virus is mostly dangerous to women who are pregnant. The virus is prominent in Mexico and South America but is quickly spreading by mosquito bites and travelers. Because a case has been confirmed in Georgia, mosquito control is going to be very important in the coming months. At SWAT Services we are experts on mosquito control in Marietta and metro Atlanta and we want you and your family to be as safe as possible.

Prevent Mosquitoes with SWAT Services

We provide reliable mosquito control using treatments that use traditional and/or “green” products depending on your preference and location. At SWAT Services we make sure to stay up to date with all the latest technology and regulations for controlling and eliminating your mosquito problems. Most of our employees have been with us for ten years or longer and, have all been trained and are registered with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Stay Informed

To make sure that you are well informed on the subject of mosquito control and prevention techniques we want to refer you to our previous blog post that contains these tips on how to prevent these unwanted guest from showing up on your property.
  • Mosquitoes like to make their homes among debris and overgrown areas. Get rid of all the weeded areas of your yard and rake away any dead plants that you have. This will destroy their homes and potential breeding areas.
  • Female mosquitoes like to lay eggs in stagnant water. If your home has a pond on the property make sure you churn the water closest to your home every now and then. The waves will make the female mosquito less likely to nest near your home. You can also introduce mosquito-eating fish to your pond to cut down on mosquito population.
  • Another helpful trick is to put some rosemary stalks around your yard and/ or porch. Rosemary acts as a natural mosquito repellent and can help keep them away. If you plan on grilling out, put a few stalks around your grill. The smoke can combine with the rosemary stalks to create a strong fragrance which repels mosquitoes.

Call SWAT – (770) 565-7928

What is Zika virus? Stay up-to-date with SWAT. SWAT Services offers mosquito and pest control services for Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Roswell and metro Atlanta.

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