Philanthro-X Pest Control by Lynette Carrington Zika virus has been getting a lot of attention in the media in the past few months and while this virus can be dangerous, it is important to know the facts. This mosquito-borne illness will create symptoms causing fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red, itchy, watery eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week and in severe cases, may require hospitalization. Expectant mothers are at a particularly high risk because Zika virus has been proven to cause the birth defect microcephaly – abnormal smallness of the head, often accompanied by incomplete brain development.There is no cure for microcephaly and some children born with the congenital defect don’t live to be adults. There have been sweeping efforts in other countries to target and eradicate sources of water that serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The important thing to keep in mind, and according to the CDC as of February 3, there have been zero cases of locally acquired cases in the U.S. This means everyone traveling outside of the U.S. are at a higher risk and before you go anywhere, it is a good idea to look at the CDC website for travel tips and advisory.Owner of Philanthro-X Pest Control, Chris Stefanek is serving up some good strategies to battle mosquitoes on your own property.Although Zika has not been locally acquired in the U.S., there are several other mosquito-borne viruses that impact Maricopa County including St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), West Nile Virus (WNE) and Western equine encephalitis (WEE) that can all be addressed in the same way."Our primary goal is eliminating pest pressures with no unnecessary harm to the environment, so by reducing harborage and breeding sites, you can have a big part in mosquito control," says Stefanek. “Stagnant pools of water, standing water left from rain and outdoor pet water bowls are all sources where mosquitoes can breed. Birdbaths, trash cans, irrigation of landscape, hoses and even household drains can be harboring mosquitoes. It’s a good idea to do a thorough check of your home and property on a regular basis and eliminate any sources stagnant or standing water.” If you see or suspect that you are battling mosquitoes, it may be time to call in a professional who can inspect the home, treat the problem and implement a strategy to prevent this threat in the future.“When a problem already exists and the use pesticides are required, we key on the treatment of breeding sites for larva and eggs while using separate approach to kill the adults,” Stefanek explains. “It’s always a good idea to have a professional create a program that focuses on prevention before a problem rather then correcting a pest issue that someone is already having.”In addition to mosquitoes, Philanthro-X is ready to treat other pest, termite and rodent problems. Whether you are dealing with ants, bees, mice, roaches, crickets, termites or any other undesirable pests, Stefanek will be happy to provide a complimentary quote ahead of service. To get a complimentary consultation for any pest or bug issues, contact Chris Stefanek of Philanthro-X at (480) 823-8213.