The 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.
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.