Alternative EarthCare Discusses the Year's First Mosquito to Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Suffolk

SUFFOLK COUNTY, N.Y., Aug. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Alternative EarthCare has been providing quality residential and commercial services across New York since 1996. Specializing in tick, flea, and Long Island mosquito spraying, traditional lawn services (including aeration and seeding), irrigation system services, tree removal and pruning, and Christmas and holiday light installation, the team of professionals successfully caters to your needs in the least toxic, most organic way possible.

Each year mosquitos are tested for the West Nile Virus in Suffolk County. On June 28th, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services announced that they found the first mosquito sample of the year to test positive in Melville. Alternative EarthCare discusses the year's first mosquito to test positive for the West Nile Virus in Suffolk County.

West Nile Virus is carried by approximately 30 species of mosquitoes nationwide, including the Asian Tiger mosquito which has recently been creating quite a buzz on Long Island. While many people infected with the virus suffer from few or even no symptoms, for others, symptoms can be quite bad and can even lead to death. West Nile Virus symptoms range from fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting, to neurological issues such as convulsions, vision loss, disorientation, coma, paralysis, and brain inflammation. People who suffer from already compromised immune symptoms are more susceptible to the worst of it, and in severe cases, it could be deadly.

Contracting this virus is rare, and experiencing severe symptoms even rarer, but it's important to safeguard yourself, family, friends, and pets, to minimize risk. Remove any standing water on properties, ensure gutters are clean, birdbath water is frequently refreshed, and drill holes in garbage cans, recycling cans, planters, and bins to allow water to drain out. Many plants, such as lavender, citronella grass, geraniums, and pungent herbs, help to repel mosquitoes and are nice to scatter around the property, particularly near potential mosquito breeding grounds and habitats. Oils from these plants make a nice natural repellent, or if preferable, a synthetic repellent should be applied when outdoors.  Most importantly, properties should be professionally treated with either synthetic or organic sprays to minimize mosquito populations on the property.

West Nile Virus is passed between birds and mosquitoes, frequently with black crows. Any dead bird bodies should be reported to the West Nile Virus hotline in Suffolk County at 631-787-2200, and they ask for a picture of the bird if possible. To report areas of standing pools water, contact the Department of Public Works' Vector Control Division at 631-852-4270. In cases of suspected infection, see a doctor immediately. Non-urgent medical questions about the virus can be addressed at 631-854-0333

Serving both Suffolk and Nassau County, including the East End and the Hamptons, Alternative EarthCare organic mosquito spraying offers a variety of non-toxic lawn care services for your home or business. In addition to beautifying and maintaining properties, the award-winning staff is also dedicated to the safety and health of their customers.

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