West Nile Virus Threatens El Paso

Posted by Mosquito Squad
West Nile Virus Threatens El Paso

December 19, 2023

Since the beginning of September, a quiet threat has been buzzing about the El Paso region that threatens the lives of its residents. Though it may not seem like a lot, there have been at least five confirmed cases of West Nile Virus, and sadly two deaths have been connected to this deadly disease. With confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in the El Paso region, the need to use mosquito control is vital to reduce the spread of the virus.

The Dangers of the West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne disease in the states. This dangerous disease often is passed from an infected bird to a mosquito when the insect feeds upon it. After a week of incubation, the mosquito can transmit the disease to other animals and humans that it feeds upon. In most cases, an infection is entirely asymptomatic. WNV goes undiagnosed as a ‘summer cold’ or a seasonal allergy for those who are not asymptomatic. Both instances make it challenging to track or get accurate numbers for an outbreak notification.

Then there are the rare cases in 1 out of 150 severe infections. These cases can lead to encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord). Often, these severe symptoms are accompanied by high fever, headache, neck stiffness, and more.

To learn more about West Nile Virus and a detailed breakdown of this dangerous disease, read more on our special report “What is West Nile Virus?”

Additional Caution

West Nile Virus has no treatments or vaccines to help protect people. In the confirmed cases in El Paso, two men in their 60s and 70s had underlying health conditions. Those who are over the age of 60, have underlying health issues, or are immune-compromised should take extra precautions when being outside, as WNV is highly effective against those who have trouble fighting infections.

To Help Prevent WNV, Get Reliable Mosquito Control

The mosquitoes associated with West Nile Virus are active in the twilight and the daytime. With this in mind, additional measures should be taken to reduce the mosquito population around your property, whether residential or commercial. Mosquitoes favor any place with stagnant water or a healthy amount of vegetation to rest in. You should first refer to Mosquito Squad’s 7 T’s of Mosquito Control to ensure any standing water source is addressed to reduce the mosquito population. Following this, you should get an active source of mosquito control to help reduce their population further.

Popular Mosquito Squad Options

Mosquito Squad of El Paso offers two popular mosquito control options for you to consider. The first is our Traditional Mosquito Barrier Treatment, which has been helping to keep mosquitoes at bay since 2005. A single spray of this treatment can help provide 21 days of protection, reducing the adult mosquito population by up to 90%.

If a holistic approach is more aligned with your lifestyle, try our Natural Mosquito Treatment. This excellent option uses essential oils to provide a 14-day barrier to reduce adult mosquitoes by up to 85%. An additional bonus of using this formula is that it provides a pleasant smell around your property.

If you are interested in a free quote for these mosquito control solutions or others we provide, contact us today!

It may not seem like a lot, but even five reported cases of WNV are cause for concern. You don’t want to be next in line to get this mosquito disease. You can begin by following the 7 T’s of Mosquito Control. The professionals at Mosquito Squad of El Paso would be happy to treat your yard to give you peace of mind. Our traditional barrier treatment can reduce mosquitoes by up to 90%, thus reducing your risk of disease. Contact us online or call today for your free El Paso mosquito control service quote.