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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!

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!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika Definitively Causes Birth Defects

shutterstock_365761202According to a recent article published by USA Today, just last Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that,… “it now considers Zika to be the definitive cause of the birth defects seen in Brazil and other countries affected by the outbreak”. While all the cases that have been found here in the United States were contracted while the patients were traveling abroad, it definitely is raising some eyebrows here stateside. As the local experts on mosquitoes here in Victoria, TX, we want to provide you with the most up-to-date information.

zika virus prevention victoria texasNot only does Zika represent a threat to pregnant women or women trying to conceive, it also represents a threat to the rest of the population. It’s already been confirmed that Zika can be spread through sexual contact also. Even more concerning is the recent revelation that Zika also causes Guillain-Barre syndrome which is a rare, frightening disease which causes the body to attack its very own nerve cells resulting in paralysis.

mosquito control in Victoria TXAccording to the article, “In addition to microcephaly and brain abnormalities, babies with Zika infections also have had eye problems that could cause blindness, extra scalp skin, clubfoot and arthrogryposis, a condition in which newborns’ joints are stuck in either a flexed or extended position”. Now the only thing to finish analyzing is during which period of pregnancy does the fetus stand to be impacted the most. There is no vaccine, there is no cure. The only way to deal with Zika and its symptoms at this time is to cope. By reducing your chances of interacting with pesky, biting mosquitoes, you’re also reducing the risk of getting infected by a potentially disease carrying mosquito. Rely on the professionals at Mosquito Squad of Victoria.

west nile prevention victoria texasTo find out more about Zika and its potential impact within Victoria, TX and surrounding areas, 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. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on the Zika virus.

Zika and Victoria, Texas Mosquito Control

ZIka prevention victoria texasUnless you have been living underneath a rock for the past several months, you have more than certainly heard the word “Zika”. But, what is this new mosquito-borne disease and what are its potential impacts on our local area? As the local expert on mosquito control, we find that it’s imperative to inform you as to what the disease is and how you can keep yourself and your family safe.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of March 23, 2016, there have been 273 cases of Zika reported in the United States. Currently, however, all these cases were contracted while the patient was traveling abroad in areas where Zika is more prevalent. With the large amounts of conjecture and speculation as to the spread of this disease, it’s important to remember to check in with the CDC for actual, factual information on this topic.

asian tiger mosquitoes in victoria texasThe largest outbreak of Zika is in Central and South America, specifically within Brazil. The military within Brazil has actually been authorized to conduct house-to-house inspections for potential breeding grounds in order to aid in reducing the mosquito population. Clearly, it is a major concern for many Central and South American countries and it appears that concern is here in the U.S as well.

mosquito control in Victoria TXSo, what is the Zika virus? Simply put, it’s an arbovirus, meaning it can be transmitted to humans through the bite of a mosquito. The two main culprits are the Aedes Aegypti and the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes. Both of these mosquitoes are renowned for their aggressive nature and their daytime feeding habits. Both mosquitoes would thrive easily here in Victoria where the climate is excellent for both. Zika can be transmitted to mosquitoes that feed on humans infected with Zika, for this reason it’s important to stay indoors and away from mosquitoes for at least one week if diagnosed with Zika.

Symptoms of Zika include:

  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (aka “Pink Eye”)
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache

shutterstock_365761202You’re probably wondering if there’s a treatment for Zika. The answer, unfortunately, is no. There is no vaccine nor cure for Zika at the moment. Managing the symptoms of Zika is the only method of dealing with the virus. You should immediately visit your physician if you have been to any areas where Zika is common or prevalent and feel the sudden onset of any of the symptoms; by doing so you can quickly establish whether you have Zika, or something more common such as the flu.

There has also been, in the news, a grumbling on the issue between Zika and pregnancy complications. The exact link between Zika and birth defects, specifically microcephaly in infants, is still being studies further for more accurate and precise information. However, there is enough evidence so far to the point the CDC is discouraging pregnant women or women whom are trying to become pregnant from traveling to areas where Zika is prevalent.

presidio la bahiaTo find out how to keep your yard completely free of mosquitoes this year, contact Mosquito Squad of Victoria. You can reach us by calling us at (361) 894-8642, emailing us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, filling out the form to the upper right, or by visiting our website for even more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

The Ongoing Rain Will Undoubtedly Yield More Mosquitoes in the Coming Weeks

mosquito control Victoria TXAs we have discussed at length, standing water is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. However, our particular situation is quite different and presents many challenges. With the recent onslaught of rain in and around Victoria TX, standing water will remain a problem for the foreseeable future. Add to the amount of standing and stagnated water, the timing will also present challenges as the mosquitoes are much more active and aggressive as they scramble to feed in time to lay their eggs before the temperatures get too low.

west nile prevention victoria texasAccording to a recent news article, “…expect the worst of the mosquitoes to be next week when all of the eggs laid this week become adults of a wide range of species, one of which is the largest in the United States”. With the recent copious amounts of precipitation we’ve experienced, it seems that following the “5 T’s” may not be enough within itself. The application of our microencapsulated barrier spray solution has a delayed release and is less susceptible to becoming diluted by water than other mosquito control companies in Victoria TX.

west nile prevention victoria texasNow that the vast swath of rain is subsiding, it’s prime time for heavy mosquito activity. By being proactive rather than reactive, you can ensure that your yard does not become a mosquito breeding ground. Nip the problem in the bud by having Mosquito Squad of Victoria perform our highly effective barrier application on your yard today! In doing so, you, your family, and your pets are much less likely to come into contact with annoying, biting, mosquitoes that could potentially be carrying a mosquito-borne illness or disease such as West Nile Virus.

mosquito control Victoria TXTo have your yard treated today and keep your yard mosquito free for the remainder of the season, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894-8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Just Because Our Name is Mosquito Squad Doesn’t Mean That’s the Only Annoying Pests We Can Remove from Your Yard

tick control Victoria TXWe at Mosquito Squad of Victoria would like to let all of our current and potential customers to understand how our barrier sprays really work. While mosquitoes are our main target, because it’s included in our name, our barrier sprays actually take care of much more than your pesky disease carrying mosquitoes. You would be surprised to know all the different stinging and biting pests we can also help to remove from your yard and allow you to enjoy the outdoors during the remaining milder months.

pest control Victoria TexasHave you noticed ticks on you, your family members, or your pets? We can take care of them, too. When cutting the grass, did you find (in the worst way possible) that you have a nest of yellow jackets burrowed in your yard? We can come to your home and remove them immediately. Dirt dobbers, spiders, ticks, yellow jackets, wasps, and pretty much all of your yard’s annoying biting and stinging pests are no match for Mosquito Squad of Victoria.

mosquito feeding in the evening in victoria txIf your yard is abuzz with annoying stining, biting, and bloodsucking pests, call Mosquito Squad of Victoria today at (361) 894 – 8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We can have your yard completely free of unwanted annoying, biting and stinging pests. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you take your yard back!

Warm Weather and Rain Means More Mosquitoes. Rely on the Professionals for Victoria TX Mosquito Control!

meat allergies cause by ticksIn many of the yards we treat, there are numerous cans of mosquito repellent, citronella candles lining the entirety of the yard, and still plenty of mosquitoes. Simply put, these bug spray cans and citronella candles are not enough to handle the enormous mosquito population here in Victoria. If these methods actually did prevent mosquitoes from entering your yard, we wouldn’t be on the scene due to the homeowners getting eaten alive.

asian tiger mosquitoes in victoria texasWith West Nile virus season upon us it’s extremely important to reduce your contact with mosquitoes. While this is important, this would mean you would have to stay indoors during peak mosquito activity times. Who wants to do that? With a barrier spray application, your yard will be mosquito free all hours of the day and you can enjoy your yard whenever you wish. Mosquito Squad of Victoria has the proprietary solution that stops mosquitoes from being able to operate in your yard, unlike certain big brand bug sprays and citronella candles.

mosquito control Victoria TXEven when it rains, our encapsulated, time-released solution will keep its effectiveness and ensure your yard isn’t a mosquito breeding and biting haven. With all the football parties and cookouts this fall, make sure you and your guests aren’t on the dinner menu. Our barrier spray can provide you with at least 3 weeks of mosquito protection. And, if you really want to own your yard and keep the mosquitoes out all of the time, we even offer a mosquito misting system that you can manually operate from your smartphone.

mosquito misting system vendor Victoria TXTo see all the different methods that Mosquito Squad of Victoria utilizes to keep your yard mosquito free, call us today at (361) 894-8642, email us at victoria@mosquitosquad.com, or visit our website. We look forward to keeping your yard mosquito free all year long!