Mosquito-related viruses were once ignored as a main concern to the United States, but increasing cases of Chikunguyna, West Nile and now the Zika have made the issue unavoidable. These backyard bugs threaten to deliver more than small bites, minor pain and itching.
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 2 million cases of the Chikunguyna virus, which causes severe joint and muscle pain that can last months or years, have been reported since 2013 alone. Couple that with the risk of birth defects related to the Zika Virus and it’s easy to see why it is our duty to protect our families from these viruses.
With the appropriate risks in mind, use these five tips for the best mosquito prevention: