Mosquitoes: Should you be truly concerned?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a concern that is probably very close to you right now.

Everyone, including you, has come in contact with it at some point.

We're talking about mosquitoes. FCN went to a home that has a mosquito problem.

"We are seeing increased activity in all counties that we do service in," said Martin E. Hood, Service Center Manager for Nader's Pest Raiders.

He said to find mosquitoes, look on the underside of bushes and shrubs.

"You're looking for them actually sitting and resting," Hood said. "They'll normally move right when you start to disturb them."

You can buy products online or in stores, like Talstar for example, that stick to the underside of bushes and kill mosquitoes. Hood recommends a pro doing that for you.

Another place we all know is standing water like a fountain that was found at the home. FCN saw small wriggling insects about one centimeter in length in the water. Hood said those were mosquito larvae. FCN also saw about a tablespoon of water in a small crevice on a tarp.

Hood said, if it lasts for seven days, that's all the water that is needed to be a mosquito breeding ground. Other places that hold water, like a pale, water canister or even children's toys should be dumped out.

"If those can be poured out, that does a young-man's-like work towards eliminating how much mosquito pressure you're going to have," Hood said.

Mosquitoes can bring the Chikungunya virus. The Centers for Disease Control said symptoms include fever and joint pain. But, most people feel better in a week. There are at least 30 reported cases in Florida including two in Jacksonville and at least one reported case in Georgia.

The St. John's County Health Department said that it has not issued a mosquito born illness alert. However, the CDC expects cases to increase. The CDC also said there is no medicine to treat Chikungunya virus infection or disease. Bottom line, don't panic, but Hood says think seriously about the health risk of mosquitoes.

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"Absolutely. Health risk should be a concern when people are discussing mosquitoes," He said.

To try to protect yourself, try to cover as much exposed skin as you can and wear repellents with Deet.

To learn more about the Chikungunya virus, prevention and transmission, click here for the Centers for Disease Control website.

Click here to learn more about mosquito control awareness week from Florida Health in St. John's County.


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