While the summer is nearing its end, mosquito season is not over yet. In fact, we probably have a couple of months of solid mosquito activity. Our climate is extremely hospitable to mosquitoes and their breeding process. Mosquitoes need temperatures in the upper 70’s to maintain a steady feeding and breeding regimen; we maintain this temperature for much longer than other areas in the country and coupled with our rainfall, this means even more mosquitoes. So far, there have been 16 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Texas with at least one fatality. While Chikungunya may be the new kid on the block, the threat from West Nile virus is still greater at this current time. With a strong foothold and and abundance of mosquitoes to transmit West Nile virus, we consider it the biggest threat to people in our area.
Several counties in Texas are currently conducting large area-ground sprays due to the immense mosquito activity and the risk of more people being infected with West Nile virus. While the bulk of the mosquito season may seem behind us, it clearly is not. Just yesterday (August 24, 2014) sprays were conducted in large areas, and in some smaller more specifically targeted areas in order to prevent the threat of the West Nile virus. While West Nile virus is transmitted from mosquitoes feeding on birds, Chikungunya is transmitted specifically from mosquitoes feeding on an infected human. The risk of Chikungunya (only at this moment) is much less than that of West Nile virus. But we are in the vicinity of all the counties which have been most impacted by both these mosquito-borne illnesses.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map, just northeast of Victoria, Texas are a cluster of counties where the West Nile virus has spiked this year. It is important to note that these are only confirmed cases. It is both highly likely and highly possible for people to become infected with West Nile virus and not feel sick enough to visit a doctor; it is also possible that due to the vagueness of the symptoms tied to West Nile virus, people don’t think to mention it to a doctor if they even make the often expensive trip to see a physician. With Labor Day coming upon us, outdoor festivities are once again a priority for many people. Mosquito Squad of Victoria offers special event sprays to combat your back yard’s mosquito population. While our season long barrier spray offers actual season long protection, in certain instances our event sprays can be just what you need. Whether you are having a cookout at your home, or you want to have a cookout in the park, Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide you with the protection against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Don’t get caught with your guard down just because it seems like summer is almost over. We can help take you and your guest off the dinner menu at your Labor Day outdoor event. We will come and spray the area leaving no odor nor residue, only deceased mosquitoes and a mosquito free zone. For any information regarding West Nile virus, or how to maintain a mosquito free Labor Day event, give us a call at (361) 894 – 8642 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.