In recent years the Caribbean, Central and South America have seen an outbreak of the mosquito-borne viruses Chikungunya and Zika. While these viruses are typically not fatal, the have several debilitating symptoms. Chikungunya symptoms include fever, severe headaches and joint pain so bad that it is hard to walk, all lasting for months. Zika has similar symptoms including fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain, and conjunctivitis, all lasting for several days. There is also increasing evidence of a link between Zika and microcephaly. Women who contract the Zika virus while pregnant have a higher risk of babies being born with microcephaly and other birth defects. Mosquitos that spread these viruses can be found throughout the Southern, Midwest, and Northeastern parts of the United States. While there is no cure or vaccine for Chikungunya and Zika, the best protection is to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the viruses. Reducing mosquito breeding grounds such as standing water and use of traps will limit the risk of being infected. The Paraclipse Mosquito Eliminator is a highly effective insect control trap that draws mosquitoes away from your outside gathering areas. It can be used in indoor setting too. To learn more about the Mosquito Eliminator click here.