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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!

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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!

Mosquitoes Capable of Carrying Zika are Already Biting. How Ready are We?

Zika virus in Victoria TexasIf it feels as though Zika has maintained a steady hold on the 24 hour news cycle, there’s a good reason for this. Nearly every week, or every other week, there’s a new revelation regarding the virus. First it was a new, widespread disease with a funny name. Then slowly but surely the initial findings and possible correlations were being put out, such as a possible link to birth defects as well as other scary side effects of the virus. Now, however, there’s been conclusive evidence to show that Zika isn’t just some new mosquito-borne illness at all, in fact it’s been well known for quite some time. The only thing new about it is scientists’ ability to detect what the symptoms and subsequent effects on humans are. As of now, there is no cure or a vaccine, which makes it even scarier. So, are we truly ready for what could come next?

zika virus prevention victoria texasWhile there have been no occurrences of Zika being spread locally within the continental United States, the mosquitoes which are capable of transmitting the virus are now out in full force. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is highly prevalent within Florida and all the Gulf Coast states. This includes us here in Victoria, TX. Reducing your contact with any mosquito is the best bet against coming across a mosquito infected with Zika. In order to ensure there isn’t an outbreak, we need to be proactive rather than reactive. This goes for the government, private pest control companies as well as the general public. Everyone has their part to do in maintaining a proactive response to a potential outbreak.

ZIka prevention victoria texasMosquito Squad of Victoria has the ability to reduce the mosquito population within your yard by up to 90%. That’s a great start. By ensuring your yard is nearly completely mosquito free, you’re statistically less likely to come into a disease carrying mosquito. It’s simple math, the less mosquitoes you come into contact with, the less likelihood that mosquito you do come into contact with will be disease carrying. For season-long protection, call us today to find out about our barrier spray or mosquito misting system. Both can help to keep your yard from being a congregation areas for unwanted, potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes.

mosquito control Victoria TXYou too can do your part. Ensure you don’t have any standing water on your property which may become mosquito breeding areas. Remember, all it takes is a bottle cap to produce hundreds of mosquitoes. If you have areas where water can accumulate and remain stagnant, then you’re creating the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed and hatch. Once they’ve hatched, mosquitoes are immediately out looking for their first blood meal. Since they hatched within your yard, you, your family and your pets are more than likely going to be their first target. By keeping mosquito breeding areas within your yard to absolute zero, you’ve considerably reduced the mosquito population within your yard already.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo find out how Mosquito Squad of Victoria can point out problem areas within your yard for mosquito breeding, as well as provide a barrier spray which will knock down existing mosquitoes as well as knock down mosquitoes that enter your yard and land within it, call us today at (361) 894 – 8642, fill out the form to the upper right or visit our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

For Season-Long Victoria TX Mosquito Control, Call Mosquito Squad of Victoria Today!

mosquito population in Victoria TXIt seems week after week there’s something more unsettling regarding Zika in the news. Once again, this week has been no different. So, what do we do about it? Do we stay indoors for the rest of the year? Should we start wearing long pants, or perhaps a parka to keep from being bitten even though we live in a sub-tropical climate? Absolutely not! Mosquito Squad of Victoria believes you should be able to enjoy your yard no matter what time of day or year it is. That’s why we are dedicated to helping you rid your yard of mosquitoes and taking your yard back.

ZIka prevention victoria texasIn a recent article, Texas health officials warn the Zika virus will arrive soon. What’s even more unsettling about the report is that the coastal areas of Texas are expected to be hit the hardest. Knowing we live in a very rainy, humid and hot area means the mosquito population will be extremely active through October at least. This means more time for mosquitoes to continue feeding and breeding, which is not good news. There are things you can do in order to reduce the mosquito population around your home. You can follow the T’s of mosquito control!

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The T’s of Mosquito Control

  • 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.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo find out how Mosquito Squad of Victoria can assist you in keeping your yard mosquito free all season long, call us today at , 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!

Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes are Showing Up in All the Wrong Places…

ZIka prevention victoria texasGloom and doom has been on the horizon, regarding Zika, for the past several months. It seems you simply cannot escape the constant barrage of Zika warnings and updates. One simple fact that creates cause for concern is the distribution of mosquitoes capable of carrying the scary disease. Here, in Victoria, it looks as though we are in one of the less lucky areas concerning mosquitoes which could carry Zika.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txOne factor which makes the map even more disconcerting is the fact that both Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito and the Aedes aegypti mosquito can be found here in Victoria, Texas. Both of these mosquitoes have been deemed carriers of the Zika virus. While there are still zero documented cases of Zika being spread locally within the continental U.S., there have been hundreds of cases of individuals infected with the virus from traveling abroad. Couple this fact with the fact that two of the mosquitoes capable of transmitting the virus can be found around our homes here in Victoria and you can come to a scary hypothesis.

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Zika virus in Victoria TexasWhile last year it seemed the big virus was Chikungunya, this year the attention belongs to Zika. While we don’t want to pass off the Zika virus as having “more bark than bite”, it’s quite possible the virus will fizzle out just as did Chikungunya. With that in mind, why even take the risk? Do you want to be guessing if the mosquito which just bit you was infected with a nasty virus? Let the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria alleviate your worries and keep mosquitoes out of your yard. Our barrier spray is up to 90% effective and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For season-long protection, all you have to do is pick up your phone today!

presidio la bahiaTo find out how Mosquito Squad of Victoria can keep your yard mosquito free this spring, summer and fall, call us today at (361) 894-8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, fill out the form to the upper right or visit our website for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Officials Within Texas Fear Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Will Enter the U.S. from Mexico

Zika virus in Victoria TexasWith 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.

ZIka prevention victoria texasAs 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…”.

mosquito control in Victoria TXKeeping 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 misting system vendor Victoria TXMosquito 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 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!

Recent Large Amounts of Rain are Sure to Create a Spike in the Number of Victoria TX Mosquitoes

mosquito control Victoria TXWater is essential to nearly all types of life on earth. However, one creature absolutely needs water specifically for breeding and is truly incredible at its adaptability when in times of water shortage, the mosquito. With the recent large amount of precipitation we have received here in Victoria, TX, there is more than certainly going to be a spike in the mosquito population. With that spike, there will be more and more female mosquitoes looking to feed in order to complete another breeding process. Mosquito Squad of Victoria can help you keep these pesky, biting mosquitoes from lingering within your backyard and utilizing it as a breeding ground.

zika virus prevention victoria texasKeeping in mind a female Asian Tiger mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs within a single bottle cap, imagine the mosquito population after the recent swath of precipitation we’ve received. Think of all the buckets, tires, ditches and various other areas in which female mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Now do you see the uphill battle we are facing? Millions of bloodthirsty mosquitoes will soon be buzzing around looking for their next meal. Don’t allow your backyard to become their feeding area, call the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria today!

mosquito control Victoria TXThrough our thorough training and many years of experience, we can help to ensure your yard is a mosquito “no fly zone” for the entire season. When looking to protect you, your family and your pets from the potentially dangerous bite of a disease carrying mosquito, Mosquito Squad of Victoria is the number one company to turn to. As America’s most trusted tick and mosquito control company, we pride ourselves on staying up-to-date with the latest on Zika, Chikungunya and any other mosquito-borne illnesses that threaten our area. Make sure to stay tuned to our blog in order to keep up with our constant updates.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo keep your yard mosquito free for the spring and summer, 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 hearing from you soon!