Avoiding Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus

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Archive For: August 2016

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Mosquito Control Zika VirusThe temperatures across the south remain hot and in some areas, humid. Mosquitoes thrive in this weather and that makes combating the spread of the Zika virus extremely challenging. Zika is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, which are more aggressive biters during the day but will bite at night. Currently, there is not a vaccine or medicine to treat Zika.

Mosquito control is a priority across the southern states as the number of reported Zika virus cases continues to grow.

The Battle of Mosquitoes in the South

Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott asked President Barack Obama for millions of dollars in federal funds to combat the Zika virus in Texas. Governor Abbott also took to social media with a creative video using the First Dog of Texas, Pancake, to demonstrate ways to keep mosquitoes away from you and your home. The governor’s request for funding was just days before state health officials announced the first Zika-related death. Texas currently has more than 90 reported cases of the Zika virus.

Here’s how other southern states are affected by the Zika virus:

Louisiana – 19 reported cases

Mississippi – nearly a dozen

Alabama – 15 reported cases

Georgia – 51 reported cases

Florida – 15 reported cases

For more information on Zika in Texas including daily updates on reported cases by county, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services Zika website.

The best method of protection against the Zika virus is repelling mosquitoes away from you and preventing them from breeding near your home or office.

Mosquito Prevention

There are a number of ways to keep mosquitoes from attracting to you including wearing light colored clothing, limiting fragrances, and wearing insect repellant. It’s possible to control mosquitoes around your property by eliminating standing water, removing piles of leaves and other brush, and cutting tall grass.

The most rapid and effective mosquito control methods are administered by trained pest control professionals. Mosquito spraying is quick and efficient and allows you to enjoy routine outdoor activities. Contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. to discuss treatment needs and options.

Record Rainfall Means Record Number of Mosquitoes

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Archive For: June 2015

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May 2015 was officially the wettest month in Texas history. An average of 8.81″ of rain fell across the state, or about 35 trillion gallons of water. The saturated ground means lots of stagnant water, which makes the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can ruin outdoor fun and spread serious illness.

One of the Worst Seasons for Mosquitoes in Texas

Mosquito populations are at their highest during rainy and warm months. With the record levels of rain, it’s no surprise that 2015 is already one of the worst seasons for mosquitoes in Central Texas. Current conditions are perfect for mosquitoes to multiply at an extremely rapid pace. Now is the time to kill off mosquitoes- before they multiply any more!

Small To Large Scale Spraying

Pest Management, Inc. is equipped to handle your small and large scale spraying needs. Our truck-mounted fogger is a fast, affordable and effective way to treat large acreages. From large backyards and neighborhoods, to commercial complexes, hospitals, and schools, we have the ability to treat mosquito issues quickly and efficiently.

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Effective Mosquito Control

The most effective pest control methods are those administered by trained pest control professionals. Quick and efficient spraying means minimal disruption to routines and outdoor activities.

Pest Management, Inc. has provided quality pest control service for over 50 years. We know the areas we treat and what is required to treat them because we live here too. Contact a member of our team today or call 844-218-4044 to discuss your treatment needs and options.

Importance of Mosquito Control in Urban Neighborhoods

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As neighborhoods are spreading and the world is becoming progressively more urbanized, we are faced with a big problem that comes in the form of a small insect. The mosquito population is growing in urban neighborhoods, and bringing with them a multitude of problems. The biggest of those problems is not itchy bug bites or insects buzzing around your food, the biggest problem is the sometimes deadly diseases that mosquitoes spread.

What Dangers do Mosquitoes Bring?

The most commonly known disease spread by mosquitoes is Malaria. Though many people know of this disease, many are unaware of the risks. The malaria parasite is spread by female mosquitoes. It mainly runs rampant in more tropical climate regions, although it is possible to contract it in other climates as well. More than one million deaths and 300 – 500 million cases of Malaria are still reported annually throughout the world.

Other diseases such as Chikungunya and Dirofilaria immitis are also spread by mosquitoes. Chikungunya is a small-scale disease that is spreading and beginning to threaten the U.S. Dirofilaria immitis, more commonly known as heartworm, is a disease contracted by animals such as dogs, cats, foxes and raccoons. It is usually contracted when an animal is bitten by a mosquito carrying the larvae of the worm.

Why is it Necessary to Eliminate the Urban Mosquito Population?

Mosquitoes carry a multitude of other diseases as well, which is why it is vital that we eliminate the mosquito population as much as possible. Mosquito control for HOA neighborhoods and city government is especially important because not only adults are susceptible to the diseases carried by mosquitoes, but children and animals as well.

As well as removing the risk of deadly disease caused by mosquitoes, killing off the mosquitoes in urban areas will increase the quality of life for that area’s residents. People will stop having to worry about lathering on the bug spray just to step outside. It will eliminate the need to surround your deck or patio with citronella candles just to keep the mosquitoes away from your guests at every barbeque. Parents will no longer have to worry about their children picking at itchy bug bites. It will put everyone’s mind at ease knowing that they can enjoy the outdoors without worry of contracting a mosquito-borne disease.

When is it the Most Vital to Control the Mosquito Population?

The mosquito population is at its highest during the rainy and warm months. During this time mosquitoes multiply at an extremely rapid pace. Mosquitoes thrive in warm wet environments, so it is extremely necessary to spray for mosquitoes during this time, as well as before to kill off any mosquitoes that will start multiplying.

How do We Control the Mosquito Population?

Oftentimes, the cost of pest control in neighborhoods and urban areas is paid either by the city or the Neighborhood Housing Association. In the case of housing associations, everyone in the neighborhood pitches in to help cover the cost. The city or neighborhood then hires a pest control company who comes to the neighborhood and sprays the entire area with a large machine to kill off mosquitoes and make the neighborhood safer. This provides quick relief and when done every few months it can really help minimize the population of mosquitoes and reduce the risk of mosquito borne diseases dramatically.

Though many people view mosquitoes as annoying, few people see them as a real threat. Mosquitoes are a small insect but a big threat to the health and safety of the urban population. That is why it is vital that people recognize the threat, and do the best to protect themselves from it, starting with large-scale spraying for mosquitoes.

Mosquito Control Necessary to Curb Illnesses Around the World

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All of nature is wondrous and amazing, right?  Well, if you’ve ever been the victim of a swarm of mosquitos, you might not feel that way.  Quite amazingly, just one tiny mosquito, almost too small to see, can suddenly take over your life.  Then there is the issue of camping, for as every camper knows, mosquitos can be nothing short of exasperating!

Unfortunately, mosquitos provide more than merely annoying bites that cause serious itching.  Mosquitos, very quietly, have become one of the single largest killers on earth.  Diseases that mosquitos spread cause tremendous misery worldwide.

The number of diseases that mosquitos can spread and their impact on human safety is both impressive and alarming.  Some of the most serious mosquito-born diseases include viral diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis virus and yellow fever, as well as malaria, which is caused by a parasite.

7 Major Diseases Transmitted by Mosquitos

1)  Dengue fever (viral)

2)  West Nile virus (viral)

3)  Eastern equine encephalitis virus (viral)

4)  Yellow fever (viral)

5)  Malaria (parasitic)

6)  Lymphatic filariasis (parasitic)

7)  Tularemia (bacterial)

The fact that there are seven different diseases spread by mosquitos is bad enough, but it gets even worse.  A close look at the list above indicates that the pesky mosquito spreads viral, parasitic and bacterial based diseases.  If mankind has major enemies one of them is clearly the busy and buzzing mosquito.

More Bad News about Mosquitos

The statics regarding illness and death regarding mosquitos is more than alarming; it is depressing.  Statistics vary, but experts have concluded that every year 700 million people become ill from mosquito born diseases.  Over 2 million people die as a result of mosquitos every year!  Quite stunningly, this means that a truly incredible 20 million people may have died from mosquitos born diseases in just the last decade!  Worse still, the numbers of dead every year may be even higher.

Let’s Put Mosquito Control Into Perspective

The estimates for the number of military and civilian deaths in World War I is approximately 16 million, with about 7 million of those deaths being civilian deaths.  In the last decade, mosquito born diseases have killed three times as many civilians as World War I!  The number of military and civilian deaths for World War II is estimated to be at about 60 million people.  At the current rates, mosquito born diseases will kill as many people as World War II over a thirty year period or less.

The good news is that many scientists are working on ways to help reduce the impact that mosquitos are having on global human health.  For example, some researchers have found that if mosquitos become infected by a certain bacteria, they can no longer transmit disease.  Mosquito control and treatment is becoming a high priority in the world of global health issues.

There can be no doubt that mosquito borne diseases are one of the most important human health issues in history.  These plagues vary from malaria to yellow fever, and the number of people sickened by these diseases every year is truly remarkable.  While some pests are just pests, the very ubiquitous and very busy mosquito is less of a pest and much more of a menace.