Springtime is finally here! Warmer weather means more outdoor activities liking hunting and hiking. Unfortunately, it also means greater risk of mosquito and tick bites.
With the news of an emerging tick-borne disease, called the Powassan virus, showing up in Bridgeport and Branford, CT, residents of Southern Connecticut have been advised to protect themselves with appropriate clothing when in wooded areas.
As your local pest control company, J.P. McHale would like to provide you some information about the Powassan virus and offer solutions to protect your family.
About the Powassan Virus & Its Symptoms
For anyone familiar with Lyme disease, the Powassan virus exhibits similar symptoms, such as headaches, fever and nausea. While there have been no recorded human cases of Powassan virus in Connecticut, some of those who have contracted the disease elsewhere have died, as there is currently no treatment available.
Unlike Lyme disease, the Powassan virus can be passed within a matter of hours of the tick feeding. The virus can infect the central nervous system, causing encephalitis and meningitis, among other potentially fatal diseases. Not all those who become infected develop symptoms, and the incubation period can be anywhere from one to four weeks.
As a tick-borne virus, the disease has migrated to southern Connecticut by way of deer carrying them. People venturing into wooded areas where these deer might live or feed should take extra precautions to avoid being bitten by ticks.
Contact J.P. McHale to Prevent Tick Infestation in Connecticut
If you have questions about the Powassan virus or want to ensure your home is free of ticks and other pests, contact J.P. McHale Pest Management, Inc. today at (800) 479-2284. Our professional exterminators will assess your home and treat any problem areas to prevent unwanted pests from entering or taking up residence.