What You Need To Know About WNV And Mosquitoes In Kansas

What You Need To Know About WNV And Mosquitoes In Kansas


In recent weeks there have been lots of news stories on West Nile Virus and with good reason.  As more people continue to be infected, there is a lot of fear and worry on how people get the illness and how they can protect themselves from West Nile Virus, commonly abbreviated to WNV. The good news is that there are many ways in which people can avoid WNV and the KS pest control pros would like to share some helpful information.

What is WNV and how do you get it?

WNV is an illness spread to humans from a bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes are getting the virus from birds but it is only through mosquito bites that humans are able to contract the illness. Once infected, many people will not ever notice the symptoms but others could end up in the hospital very sick. WNV is fatal in some cases and this year already the CDC has reported 87 deaths across the country and the number is expected to rise.

What are the symptoms of WNV?

It is estimated that nearly 80% of people who are infected with the illness will not show any symptoms at all. So it is 20% or less who will experience mild to severe symptoms that could land them in the hospital…or worse. Here are some of the common symptoms associated with WNV:

  • Headache

  • Fever

  • Body aches

  • Disorientation

  • Comas

  • Paralysis

How can you prevent WNV as it continues to spread?

Preventing mosquito bites is the best way to prevent contracting WNV. There is currently no vaccine for humans to prevent the virus which means mosquito control must become a top priority when you are outside in an area known to have mosquitoes. Here are some tips to keep the mosquitoes at bay and prevent mosquito bites.

  1. Check all the screens and windows in the home and be sure they contain no holes or tears.

  2. Eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

  3. Repair any pipes or other sources of leaks and drips outside of the home.

  4. Wear an insect repellent and protective clothing when in areas known to have mosquitoes.

  5. Avoid being outside in times of peak mosquito activity: dawn and dusk.

For more information on WNV and mosquito control in Kansas including Topeka and Kansas City, please contact Schendel Pest Services today. Our team of experts are ready to safeguard your home and property to help eliminate mosquito breeding sites and activity.