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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.

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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!

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!