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West Nile Virus on the Rise in Florida: What You Need to Know

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg - Clearwater

West Nile Virus may sound like a threat that can’t threaten first world countries, but this mosquito-borne virus is actually on the rise in Florida. As reported by a University of Florida entomologist, an unusually high level of mosquito-borne virus transmission was observed in horses, chicken, and even humans during the summer of 2018.

According to entomology professor Jonathan Day, “Floridians need to be aware of mosquito-borne disease risk and protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially from dusk to dawn.” Here is what you should know about the risks posed by mosquitos and how to properly protect yourself.

What Are the Symptoms of West Nile Virus?

West Nile Virus is a unique virus because it rarely presents obvious symptoms, yet it is capable of causing serious disease in humans. The CDC says that only one in five people infected with West Nile Virus will develop a fever or other symptoms. About 1 in 150 infected people will develop serious or even fatal complications.

If West Nile Virus does produce symptoms, they may include any of the following:


  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Head and body aches

  • Swollen lymph nodes

How Can You Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Home?

A periodic barrier spray is the most popular form of mosquito control because it uses a combination of EPA-approved repellents to kill 176 species of mosquitoes. This includes the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito known to carry the majority of mosquito-borne illnesses. The barrier spray is applied around the entire perimeter of your property, on all standing vegetation, and in areas where your family spends time regularly like the deck or pool.

The spray used in the period barrier eliminates existing mosquitoes on contact and the continues to form an invisible barrier around your home to keep new mosquitoes from entering. This eliminates up to 90 percent of all mosquitos over a 21-day period. As long as the barrier is reapplied every three weeks, mosquitoes will never have a chance to sneak back into your property.

If you’re ready to make your property a “No Mosquito Fly Zone”, call (727) 877-3365 to schedule your free consultation with Mosquito Squad in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area.