If you live in or near Milwaukee and you’re spending time outdoors this summer, then listen up! City officials in Milwaukee, WI have recently announced that a sample of mosquitoes from the area have tested positive for the West Nile virus. Results from these tests are the first signs of a West Nile outbreak in the state of Wisconsin this year.
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Most people infected with the West Nile virus will experience no symptoms at all; however, it can cause fever, rash, headache, fatigue and joint pain. In very rare cases, the West Nile virus can lead to muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma. Symptoms that do find their way to your body will typically begin three to 14 days after being bit by a mosquito carrying the virus.
How To Avoid West Nile Mosquitoes
Health officials in Milwaukee have urged people to take serious precautions against mosquito bites, and some tactics they encourage you to practice this summer include:
- Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants to cover exposed skin.
- Limit the time you spend outdoors at dusk and dawn.
- Remove standing water from flowerpots, birdbaths, gutters and downspouts.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, hot tubs and outdoor saunas.
- Trim tall grass, weeds, vines and other landscaping around your home.
- Fix holes in screens, windows and doors.
Professional Mosquito Control
If this information has you worried about going outside and you’re too afraid to light those bonfires or grill those hot dogs, then we encourage you to hire the professionals at Wil-Kil Pest Control to give you the best defense possible against West Nile mosquitoes. To learn more about saving on mosquito control services, visit our site or give us a call.