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Tiger Mosquitoes Made an Early Appearance in Texas this Year – They Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

Breeding conditions have been ideal for the Asian Tiger Mosquito. If you think you started getting bites earlier than normal this year, you’re right. Tiger Mosquitoes usually start showing up in Texas in April, but this year they started early. With the lack of cold weather and hard freezes this winter season, the mosquitoes didn’t die off in their typical numbers. That, combined with the early warming temperatures helped them to get a jump on the season and get ahead of the game.

The recent wet conditions won’t slow things down at all, but will speed up the spread of these mosquitos and other species across South and Central Texas. The issue in South Texas has gotten so intense that the City of McAllen has approved funding for mosquito research. University students will collect data to provide to the CDC to conduct testing. Zika and West Nile are the main targets of the research, as both are risks across South Texas and the Valley.

How to protect your family and pets from mosquitoes:

Make sure to get rid of standing water around your property either in puddles in the yard or standing water in containers, fountains or bird baths. This is an ideal place for the mosquitoes to breed.

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Use topical sprays any time you and your family are going outside, especially at dusk or when spending time near bodies of water like ponds and lakes. Do not use these sprays on dogs, but get a spray that is animal-safe.

Keep your pets on heartworm medication according to your veterinarian’s recommendation. They are at high risk of developing heartworms if bitten by an infected mosquito.

Make sure your lawn is not overgrown. Mosquitoes flourish in tall grass.

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The best option is prevention and ongoing treatment for mosquitoes in South Texas, both of which Mosquito Squad of Victoria can provide for you. With our misting systems you will have mosquito control at your finger tips at all times. Our treatment plans, like 12 weeks of protection will have you covered well into the summer, giving you the opportunity to enjoy your yard again! Don’t let the mosquitoes drive you indoors. Take back your yard today, contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria for your mosquito control needs!

 

 

 

The Best South Texas Mosquito Control Tips

South Texas, especially areas like Victoria, Texas and surrounding communities are no stranger to mosquitoes. The humidity that we all know and love so much (ha!) is very attractive to the mosquito population. With spring here and the weather heating up for the long-term, these winged pests are not going anywhere and are only going to get more and more bothersome. Taking preventative measures and putting together a plan to keep your yard free of mosquitoes now, rather than waiting until the problem is out of control is the smartest move you can make!

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While enjoying a day smoking a brisket and an afternoon grilling hot dogs with the kids without annoying uninvited guests is an important reason to get rid of the threat of mosquitoes, more important is the health of your family. In recent years Zika has been big news and a cause of concern when it comes to mosquitoes. According to the CDC, a confirmed case of mosquito contracted Zika was confirmed in South Texas in November 2016 and Dengue Fever outbreaks have occurred in the Brownsville area in recent years. With mosquito season heating up, you don’t want to take any chances.

In addition to Zika, it looks like Yellow Fever is back as well.  The unexpected outbreak in Brazil has U.S. officials on edge and watching the situation closely. Though it hasn’t happened yet, the concern of an outbreak in an urban area is a big concern of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases according to Director Anthony Fauci.

There are a few things you can do to help cut down on the number of mosquitoes around your yard this year. Here are some of our best tips to help you get through the spring and summer months with fewer bugs and a lot more fun!

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Clean Your Gutters

An often missed reason for mosquitoes to gather, clogged gutters allow for standing water in places where you cannot see it forming. This creates a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that you may never be aware of.

Keep your lawn mowed

We know it gets hot! Like REALLY hot in South Texas and it can be hard, but keeping the grass cut is imperative to keeping mosquitoes from gathering on overgrown vegetation and weeds.

Have Your Yard Sprayed

Working with a professional to have your yard sprayed is the ideal way to take care of your mosquito control. If you set up your schedule with a professional, you don’t have to worry about forgetting or spraying at the last minute which can result in a chemical smell to your barbecue and not enough time for the spray to dry or be effective.

A professional mosquito treatment is more effective because the equipment pros use is suited to cover a large area with minimal drying time and best results. You never can know what exactly is in the store-bought sprays either, but you know Mosquito Squad only uses spray that is safe for your family and pets.

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Clean and Chlorinate Pools

Even if you’re going out of town and during winter months when they may not be used, make sure to continue to care for your pool. Particularly with how warm winter has been, there is an opportunity for mosquitoes to use pools as a veritable hatchery.

Avoid Standing Water 

Check your yard for any spots that do not drain after rain and make sure anything like pools, buckets, fountains or planters from last spring aren’t sitting collecting water and creating a mosquito hazard.

Get a Mosquito Misting System

Didn’t know this was an option? You’re not alone. Many people in South Texas don’t realize that they can have a system put in place to help keep their homes virtually mosquito free all year ‘round. It’s the best way to say biting bugs are not welcome here! Mosquito Squad of Victoria will install, winterize and prep your system every year. We service our installations as well, so if there are ever any quick fixes that need to be made, we’ve got you covered!

Mosquito Squad of Victoria wants to help you enjoy your yard throughout the spring and summer while helping you to ensure your family stays safe from dangerous diseases. We have packages to accommodate the needs of homeowners across South Texas and the Texas coast. Contact us today to start your mosquito control plan for 2017!

 

August is the Month When West Nile Virus Rears its Ugly Head

mosquito exterminator Victoria TXWhile mostly everyone has heard of West Nile virus, not all know what it is and when it’s most likely to be transmitted. West Nile virus is transmitted by a multitude of mosquitoes and primarily affects the young and the elderly the most severely. However, the interesting aspect of West Nile virus is the fact that August is the primary month when we begin hearing of reported cases of the virus. You may think this is late in the season, that’s exactly the point. Mosquitoes have had enough time to feed on birds infected with the virus and then transmit it to humans. This takes time as the mosquito population which is infected with the virus needs to be also in contact with humans.

zika virus prevention victoria texasWhile everyone seems to treat West Nile virus as a minor illness, which it is for most people, there is the possibility for serious, even lethal health concerns. One of the mosquitoes which is best known for transmitting West Nile is the Culex pipens mosquito. Unlike most other mosquitoes, the Culex mosquito actually thrives in environments which experience drought-like conditions. While the mosquito population may be down for nearly every other species of mosquito due to lack of water, the Culex will still remain.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txNo wonder there’s always a case of West Nile virus reported come August. The mosquitoes have been out and feeding for several months now and it will undoubtedly be any day now until we have our first case reported. It’s like clockwork. If you are experiencing mosquitoes in your yard, your best bet is to call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria. We can ensure, know matter which species of mosquito in question, the mosquitoes within your yard will be knocked down. Unlike other mosquito control companies in Victoria TX, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well.

mosquito control in Victoria TXTo find out how to keep your yard free of potentially disease carrying mosquitoes, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out our form to the upper right or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

According to Researchers, Texas is Running on Borrowed Time for a Local Zika Outbreak

Zika virus in Victoria TexasWhile our main priority at Mosquito Squad of Victoria is helping you to keep your yard mosquito and tick free, we do find it to be imperative we keep you informed on anything relevant in the news regarding vector-borne illnesses. While reports have Zika being transmitted only within Miami, FL, analysts are almost certain the spread of the virus will follow the predicted path. Prior to Zika being transmitted in Miami, earlier this year in March to be exact, University of Texas professor Sahotra Sarkar and a group of researchers developed a map showing the relative risks of U.S. cities for a local Zika outbreak based on both international travel and the prevalence of mosquito types that can potentially carry Zika in the cities researched. The #1 location for the first local Zika outbreak was indeed Miami, FL.

zika virus prevention victoria texasThe disconcerting question is where it will pop up next. After Miami and the Ft. Lauderdale area, Zika was predicted to be spread in Houston and then in Dallas. In addition to the fears of researchers are the shortcomings of Congress in failing to pass additional funding to combat the spread of Zika. It almost appears as though mosquito control will be left to privately contracted companies as the government has not provided anything resembling aid. The climate in our area is perfect for a massive mosquito population which will last long into the fall months as well as the fact the mosquito known to transmit Zika, Aedes aegypti, is extremely common in our area.

asian tiger mosquitoes in victoria texasWith all the uncertainty about when and where the next local outbreak will come from, we want to iterate there are no known local transmissions of Zika within Texas. The best method of combating the potential for an outbreak is to be vigilant. Always remember to follow the “T’s of Mosquito Control” and if you notice mosquitoes in your yard quite often, you should have it treated on a regular basis. The reasoning behind this is that there’s no vaccine or cure for Zika at the moment. This is precisely where Mosquito Squad of Victoria can be of assistance. Our barrier spray can reduce the mosquito population within your yard by up to 90% and if you notice there’s still an abundance of mosquitoes after we perform our spray, simply call us and we’ll return to respray.

mosquito misting system vendor Victoria TXTo find out how to keep your yard mosquito free for the remaining months of high mosquito activity, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out the form to the upper right or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

There’s Some Slightly Good News in Light of Recent Zika News

Zika virus in Victoria TexasWith Zika being transmitted locally within the United States now, everyday citizens and researchers alike are concerned. However, there has been something we could consider good news regarding Zika and the mosquitoes which carry it. Recently, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX have determined which mosquitoes do and do not carry Zika. With all the uncertainty, in nearly all areas, surrounding Zika, it’s good to know which mosquitoes are potentially carrying Zika and which are not.

zika virus prevention victoria texasWhile it’s widely known the Aedes aegypti mosquito does in fact carry the Zika virus, it’s recently been determined in a recent article that the Culex mosquito does not carry the virus. The Culex mosquito is most commonly referred to as the house mosquito due to its high prevalence. It’s the mosquito most known for biting at dusk and dawn. This mosquito is so common and it is one of the few mosquitoes in the world which actually thrives when there is little water for breeding.

ZIka prevention victoria texasIt’s quite interesting to note there’s also testing being conducted on Zika vaccination within monkeys which has proven successful. While it may still be some time before there’s a commercially available vaccine for humans, this latest news is nothing but good. In a recent article by the Associated Press, one doctor describes the vaccine, “The success in monkeys, which involved a traditional vaccine and two more cutting-edge ones, brings us one step closer to a safe and effective Zika vaccine.”

asian tiger mosquitoes in victoria texasWhile this is encouraging news, the vaccine is more than likely not going to be ready for launch until the year 2018. This leaves many people in the wind as to when they will see a respite from the constant barrage of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. It’s always important to remember to practice the T’s of Mosquito Control. When it comes to protecting yourself from Zika, the best method at this point in time is prevention. By reducing your contact with mosquitoes you inevitably reduce your chances of coming into contact with a mosquito which is a carrier of any vector-borne disease.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txTo find out how to keep your yard mosquito free all year long, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out the form to the upper right or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

With Zika Being Transmitted Within the U.S. Texas Health Officials are Concerned

ZIka prevention victoria texasJust last Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first possible domestically transmitted cases of the Zika virus within the continental United States. The infections occurred within 4 people in and around the Miami, FL area; this includes four men and one woman. The assumed vector is thought to be the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Unfortunately, this particular mosquito is quite prevalent in our area as well as other areas around East Texas. Needless to say, the transmissions within Florida have Texas health officials concerned.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txWhile concerns are valid, Texas health officials also warn against overreacting. One official stated, “It’s coming. It’s probably not avoidable but we have much better control methods in the United States”. The expectation is there will only be isolated cases in the U.S., but the worry comes from the simple fact that 90% of those infected with the Zika virus show no symptoms. This makes it more difficult for people to self-report infection due to the fact they don’t know they are infected. When a mosquito bites them and then travels to another person for a blood meal and bites them, the propensity for further transmission is rapidly increased.

asian tiger mosquitoes in victoria texasThe only known method of protection against Zika is through distancing yourself from mosquitoes. Essentially, prevention is the only option. If your yard is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, you need to fix that. Remember to turn over buckets, kid’s toys, tarps and any other item within your yard which could be allowing water to pool. Mosquitoes need very little water in order to successfully lay eggs and have them hatch into fully matured mosquitoes. The other, extremely important thing to do is have your yard sprayed by a professionally licensed mosquito control company. Fortunately, Mosquito Squad of Victoria can do the job. We can reduce your yard’s mosquito population by up to 90% and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

mosquito control Victoria TXWe know the concerns over Zika are valid. If you’re looking for season-long mosquito control for your yard, call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out the form to the upper right or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

With the Mosquito Population Reaching a Critical Mass, Victoria TX Mosquito Control is of the Utmost Importance

zika virus prevention victoria texasMosquitoes are a constant nuisance. They arrive at your BBQ, they show up for your summertime get togethers and they can even ruin a relaxing evening in your yard after a long day of work – they’re everywhere. While they are undoubtedly a nuisance, it’s important to note they are the deadliest animal on the entire planet. The reason they’re so dangerous is simple, they are highly capable of carrying and transmitting debilitating and sometimes deadly viruses to humans and pets.

mosquito control in Victoria TXWhen you go outdoors, don’t you want to know your yard is a “no fly zone” for mosquitoes? Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a nice summertime cookout without being constantly bitten by potentially disease carrying mosquitoes? Mosquito Squad of Victoria can come to your home and reduce the mosquito population within your yard by up to 90%! With all the rain and standing water we have, in abundance, ensuring you, your family and your pets aren’t on the menu for mosquitoes is a huge concern. Especially with the potential for being infected with viruses such as West Nile virus, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus, your yard should be a sanctuary in which you can enjoy relaxing or simply having friends over without being constantly bitten.

ZIka prevention victoria texasThrough our barrier application, we can knock down existing mosquitoes within your yard and, as the name implies, create a barrier which will deter mosquitoes from entering your yard. If they do land in your yard where the application was put down, they too will be eradicated. So, if you’re looking for a respite from the ever growing mosquito population, call the experts at Mosquito Squad of Victoria. Through our highly effective barrier spray you can enjoy the rest of the summer and fall without being inundated by unwanted blood sucking pests. It’s something we excel at and are extremely proud of our ability to do so.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txTo keep your yard from becoming a safe haven for mosquitoes, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out the form to the upper right or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to your call!