I wrote a few weeks ago about the early cases of Zika in Florida. It seemed at the time that everyone was confident about keeping it under control but since then it has spread and new facts about it has been talked about and discovered.
On the Today Show yesterday they were talking about how with the rain it is hard to spray for the misquotes so it becomes very important for people to get rid of anything in your yard that can hold water and/or make sure to dumped them after every bit of rainfall. Remember it has been discovered that the misquote that carries this virus can live and breed in a small amount of water. So it is now getting so vital that people work on keeping their yard clear of water that Florida is talking about fining people as much as a 1000.00 dollars if they fail to do so.
Several days ago it was also mentioned on Today Show that Zika can and does affect adults producing nerve disorders and/or conditions in adults. It can be transmitted sexually even if there are no signs of the illness in the transmitter. The effects on the new born is terrible and is the main concern of this virus so the fight is on. Zika are you prepared.
My family and I live next to a Bayou in Louisiana and it is not uncommon for small puddles of water to be around somewhere. Plus it is not unheard of for mosquitoes to spawn in srubs and clustered plants.
So I am paying more attention about mosquitoes care with the Zika virus around. So out shopping the other day I bought a repellent to try out. It has only 25% deet and CDC is recommending 30% deet but true to the level it repels for 10 hours and works well here in Louisiana”s moist heat.
It continues to work well even if you work were you sweat. Cutter also has a soft but neutral scent. The kids have used it and their skin has not been harmed in anyway plus they came sleep sound all night, as I am sure you know with doors opening off and on during the day it is hard not to have that pesty one mosquito slip in.
I am also trying to encourage dragon flies and swallows into the yard as they love mosquitoes. We get some evening bats as well and they are most welcome here. Love those bats. Remember to shake bushes and keep drainage around them free flowing so that when you water what does not sink in drains away from base of plant. After a rain go around your yard and look for anything that water may have settled in.