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Mosquito Protection Strategies for Buildings

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Know Your Enemy

With the Zika virus’ quick expansion into the Americas making the news, now is the right time to ensure that your building’s defenses against mosquitoes (which carry the virus) can keep occupants safe. Since there is no known medical treatment for the disease, keeping the potentially dangerous insects away from areas where people congregate is the best defense against this emerging threat.

One crucial first step is to identify any areas where mosquitoes may be hatching, particularly standing water. No spot is too small for mosquitoes to breed in, so be sure to look at onsite water features, drains, and even building roofs where water can pond. Because the insects can multiply so quickly, one inspection isn’t likely to be enough – make sure maintenance staff perform regular checks as well.


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