West Nile Virus Confirmed in Albany County

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West Nile Virus, a virus from mosquitoes finally reached the Capital Region, Albany County in particular. News Channel 10 reports, the Albany County Department of Health confirmed that an adult contracted the virus in Albany County, the first to do so this year. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird. “In most cases West Nile virus is a mild infection with symptoms so slight they can go unnoticed, or feel like a summer flu,” said Dr. Jorge Parada, medical spokesperson for the National Pest Management Association.

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Our previous blog post last month answered the common questions: What is West Nile Virus? Why is West Nile on the rise? How to control mosquitoes?

Prevent and reduce mosquitoes by:

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic parts and water holding containers.
  • Dispose of used tires.
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are kept outdoors for draining of liquid.
  • Make sure roof gutters drain properly, if not have repaired by the Thomas Pest home repair division. Along with the importance of cleaning clogged gutters in the Spring and fall or installing leaf defier.
  • Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
  • Change water in bird baths once a week and pet dishes regularly.
  • Clean vegetation and debris from edges of ponds.
  • Maintain cleaning and chlorinating swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs and draining water regularly from pool covers.
  • Maintain landscaping around your property.
  • Don’t over water your yard or garden.

The risk of mosquitoes in Clifton Park and surrounding areas is real! With cases of West Nile increasing it is important to protect your family, health and property. Our mosquito tips above will help reduce mosquito breeding areas in and around your property. To learn more about Thomas Pest Services and our green mosquito service headed over to our website and fill out our contact form to learn how Thomas Pest can assist with your mosquito problem.

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