With all the attention Zika is receiving in the news, we find it imperative to keep you updated on what’s happening here in our state of Texas. While there have been zero cases of Zika being transmitted by local mosquitoes here in the continental United States, new revelations have some Texas officials on edge. The newest concern is that Zika-carrying mosquitoes will enter the U.S. from Mexico. This is a scary revelation, yet as of now there is no reason for alarm.
As was stated in a recent news article from Breitbart, “It certainly would not be a surprise at all if we see some locally transmitted cases of Zika in Texas,” said Chris Van Deusen, spokesman for the TDSHS, the Brownsville Herald reported Sunday, April 17. This only adds to the concern which has been reaching a fever pitch since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced back in April, “Zika is scarier than we initially thought…”.
Keeping your yard free of mosquito-activity is the first step to consider when trying to keep you and your family safe from disease-carrying mosquitoes. Since there is no vaccine nor is there a cure for Zika, prevention is the only precaution once can take at this time. It’s important to remember to follow the T’s of Mosquito Control in Victoria, Texas.
- TIP:Tip over items in your yard to reduce standing water and help eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Such as sandboxes, toys, and wagons. Also, planting saucers and dog bowls. Other hotspots include gutters and flat roofs.
- TOSS:Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yard as these areas are ripe for mosquito breeding.
- TURN:Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s sandboxes or plastic toys.
- TARPS/REMOVE:If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats, or sports equipment aren’t taught, they’re holding water. Remove them or keep them pulled tight.
- TAKE CARE:Take care of home maintenance needs that can contribute to standing water, including cleaning out gutters and making sure downspouts are attached properly, keeping your lawn grass low, and check irrigation systems for leaking.
- TEAM UP:Despite taking all precautions in your own home, talking with neighbors is a key component to mosquito, and tick, control. Townhomes and homes with little space between lots mean that mosquitoes can breed at a neighbor’s home, and affect your property.
- TREAT:Utilize Mosquito Squad’s Barrier Spray protection program around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment reduces the need for spraying DEET containing bug spray on your children. We can eliminate up to 90% of the mosquitoes on a property.
Mosquito Squad of Victoria is here to help keep you updated on the new developments regarding all mosquito and tick-borne illnesses, especially when it comes to Zika. If you have questions or concerns about how to keep your yard mosquito-free for the remainder of the season, call us today at (361) 894-8642, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, fill out the form to the upper right, or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!