The Zika Need To Know

What You Need To Know About The ZIKA VIRUS!!!

With mosquito “season” right around the corner (and let’s be honest ya’ll, I’m pretty sure I’ve seen mosquitoes every month this year due to the weird weather we’ve been having here in Texas), We at Mighty Mosquito Control decided its time to talk about a topic I’m sure everyone is getting nervous about if your familiar with Zika, or want to be keep reading.

 

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The Zika Virus. This year’s version of the West Nile scare, sweeping across America! Hide your kids! Hide your wife! It’s going to find you!

Let’s take a breath and examine what Zika virus actually is, what it does to you, and where it is found.

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquitos (what Are those insects good for?!). The virus causes fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes in those infected with it. That doesn’t sound like fun, does it? Not really, but surely for all the scary whispers about it the symptoms get much worse from here and lead to death, right? Wrong* (unless you’re pregnant… keep reading!). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Rarely, (RARELY people!) a more severe infection will require hospitalization to treat the symptoms. And treatment for the virus? Just treat those symptoms! Tylenol for the fever, sleep a lot (Finally! An excuse to stay in bed all day!), drink lots of fluids to help prevent dehydration (which is one of the issues they would treat in the hospital with IV fluids if it gets bad enough!), and that’s pretty much it. Avoid getting (more!) mosquito bites within the first week of being infected because the virus is still in your blood and those greedy little mosquitos will suck that infected blood back up and infect other people with it.

Before we dive in to pregnancy, let’s talk about prevention. There are no vaccines so prevention is as “simple” as Avoid Those Mosquitos! But let’s be honest here, if you are one of those unlucky types who attract mosquitos like a dollar buffet (meeeeee), this simple prevention measure becomes a lot more complicated! Measures to avoid mosquitos usually involve avoiding outdoors during dawn and dusk, but the mosquitos that carry Zika are the kind that get you midday. Soooooo, stay indoors, use a lot of repellent (it’s even safe to use when you are pregnant or nursing according to the CDC), wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, treat your clothes with permethrin (this remains effective even after several washes!). For children, do all the above and then maybe put some mosquito netting over their stroller/car seat/ crib. Don’t use repellent on babies younger than 2 months though, and avoid hands, eyes, and mouth. To get their precious little faces, apply the repellent to your hands and then gently rub on the child’s face. Another good way to prevent mosquito bites is to help decrease the number of mosquitos in your area by eliminating breeding areas. This involves eliminating standing water on your property, changing water in bird baths weekly, clearing leaves and twigs from eaves, storm and roof gutters, removing dense brush and weeds, turning over compost regularly, and throwing away raked leaf piles immediately. While you’re at it, you could get a mosquito misting system installed on your property or get a one-time spray for a special occasion to help protect your guests! (a little shameless advertising for one of our services! 

Okay, pregnancy. In Brazil, pregnant mothers infected with Zika virus have had babies with microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes (the CDC said that last vague, slightly infuriating phrase. What do you mean “other poor pregnancy outcomes?!” is what I’m thinking, but ya know, the CDC can do whatever it wants). Microcephaly is a condition in which the baby has a smaller head compared with other babies of the same age and sex. Unfortunately, this usually doesn’t mean that your sweet baby will just look a little odd. Microcephaly usually occurs because the brain did not grow and develop properly in utero. Other problems linked to microcephaly include: seizures, developmental delays, problems with movement and balance, feeding problems, hearing loss, and vision problems. After the CDC states that pregnant women can have babies with microcephaly when infected with Zika virus, it says HOWEVER. “However, additional studies are needed to further characterize this relationship”.

CDC map of Zika Virus-infected areas

Of course, all of the above assumes that Zika virus makes it to North America (there are currently no locally transmitted Zika cases, only ones diagnosed in people returning from trips to other countries) OR that you are traveling to an area where the infection is known to be. “Where are those places???” you may be thinking… Well, here’s a helpful list! Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, and in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infections in Brazil. It has now spread through most of South America and into Central America, including Mexico.

Let’s recap. For Most people, Zika virus is going to be an annoying week of fever, rash, red eyes, and joint pain during which you need lots of sleep, lots of liquids, and lots of Tylenol. For Some, the symptoms will be bad enough to need hospitalization (mostly to treat more extreme dehydration or fevers). For Pregnant women, there is a chance your baby will be born with microcephaly or “other poor pregnancy outcomes”, though no one knows the percentage of chance or the reason Zika and microcephaly seem to be linked. Prevention involves the basic measures taken to prevent mosquito bites, as there is no vaccine currently. As of the writing of this article, you are probably going to have to travel to Brazil or Mexico or Africa to get Zika virus, although it’s already at the border so it may make it to us this year.

While Zika virus is certainly a terrifying prospect to expecting moms, for the rest of us it isn’t quite as terrifying as the whispers would have us believe. Be safe, be smart, and stay informed. Knowledge is power

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Barrier Mosquito Control For Your Back Yard

Barrier Mosquito Control So You Can Take The Bite Out Of You Back Yard With Mighty Mosquito Control

 

What is barrier mosquito control?  It is the second most effective method on how to get rid of mosquitoes in backyard, the first being a mosquito misting system. Mosquitoes are a vector agent which means that mosquitoes “distribute” and transmits various harmful parasites and viruses.  These parasites and viruses can cause diseases in people and pets.  Eradication of mosquito-borne Illnesses has been fairly successful in many countries through vector control programs but vector control programs alone won’t protect your backyard in say Plano, McKinney, Frisco or Allen. Mighty Mosquito Control Programs simply include elimination of mosquito breeding areas, and targeting of high traffic areas for mosquitoes.  Bottom line, this means getting rid of standing water in and around your yard so the mosquitoes can’t breed.  This is the most effective way to control mosquitoes in the backyard.

So you’ve tried getting rid of all the standing water in your backyard and you still have mosquitoes?  Time to call in the professionals.  Barrier spraying your yard is an effective way to rid your backyard of mosquitoes.
 

What Do We Use In Our Barrier Sprays

 

Mosquito Barrier Spray

Not only are mosquitoes an annoyance, causing itchy painful bites, but can also spread harmful diseases such as West Nile Virus.

Mighty Mosquito Controls’ trained technicians will safely apply only EPA approved products in a barrier spray to your trees & shrubs every 14-21 days. These applications not only kill adult mosquitoes on contact but continue to repel for weeks of outdoor enjoyment. In addition to managing your adult mosquito population, we will inspect your entire property for standing water that may harbor larvae.

Natural Solution Mosquito Treatment

If all natural is your preference Mighty Mosquito Control offers a garlic spray alternative which works wonderfully. Garlic mosquito spray creates a barrier that lasts 14 days (versus 21 days for our synthetic product). In addition to killing and chasing away your existing adult mosquito population, the natural mosquito garlic spray coats the leaf surface of your turf and ornamentals with natural sulfur contained in garlic juice, fending off entry from adjacent habitat. Garlic spray is also effective in reducing mosquito larvae, which are suffocated when the spray coats the water’s surface, preventing oxygen from reaching the larvae.

In addition to being an effective mosquito control treatment, our natural alternative is safe for use around children and pets, allowing you to feel secure that your property is being protected effectively

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Tips to Avoid Mosquito Bites

We Hate Mosquitoes!

Nowadays, mosquito-borne illnesses continue to emerge and take millions of lives across the globe. There are harmless mosquito species; however, most of the species feed on humans, pets and live stock and transmit life-threatening parasitic or viral diseases.  They buzz around and we suffer from itchy mosquito bites all summer long. But wait!  There is no reason to suffer this discomfort.  Read on to learn more about how Mighty Mosquito Control can get rid of mosquitoes.

Avoiding mosquito bites is quite difficult when hundreds of mosquitoes are flying around our yard. Vector control and spraying are the best methods to get rid of mosquitoes in the backyard and, at the same time, serves as preventive measurements against mosquito-borne Illnesses.

 

The Center for disease control (c.d.c) gives us this information on how to avoid mosquito bites.
 

Planning a Trip? Do Your Homework Before Traveling

Make a check list of everything you’ll need for an enjoyable vacation and use the following resources to help you prepare.

  • Pack a travel health kit. Remember insect repellent and use it to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Learn about destination-specific health risks and recommendations by visiting CDC Travelers’ Health website.
  • See a healthcare provider familiar with travel medicine, ideally 4 to 6 weeks before your trip. Go to the Find a Clinic webpage for help in finding a travel medicine clinic near you.

Prevent Mosquito Bites While Traveling

Mosquito bites are bothersome enough, but when you consider risks, like getting sick with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya, it’s important that you choose an insect repellent that works well and that you feel comfortable regularly using.

  • Protect yourself when traveling: Learn about country-specific travel advice, health risks, and how to stay safe by visiting CDC Travelers’ Health website.
  • Use insect repellent: Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients. When used as directed, EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
    • DEET
    • Picaridin, also known as KBR 3023Bayrepel, and icaridin
    • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
    • IR3535
    • 2-undecanone
  • Cover up: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside: Stay in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
  • Learn more: Travelers can learn more about mosquito bite prevention in this fact sheet[924 B].

After Your Trip

Visit your healthcare provider right away if you develop a fever, headache, rash, muscle or joint pain.

  • Tell your doctor about recent international travel.
  • Visit the Getting Sick after Travel webpage for more information.
  • Read more about Zika
  • For more information on chikungunya
  • Learn more about dengue
  • Learn more about protecting yourself from mosquito bites[862 KB]

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Reasons to take Mosquito Control Seriously

With Zika being all the rage right now many common mosquito borne diseases get lost in the mix and never get spoke of. But we at Might Mosquito Control take it all serious. So when its been reported that west nile may be more harmful than initially thought, we decided to share an article with more information on our Blog.

West Nile Virus Infections May Prove Deadlier Than Previously Thought

Researchers continue to learn more about West Nile virus and its distressing effects. Principal author on the study, Kristy O. Murray, DVM, PhD, was quoted in a press release as saying, “While we understand the current focus on Zika virus, for many people in the United States today, West Nile virus is the much more serious mosquito-borne threat, and that threat may persist even for patients who appear to have survived the infection unscathed.”

 

Incase Your Wondering What West NIle is we got this information from the cdc’s website to share, and answer the questions im sure you have. (https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/genQuestions.html)

What is West Nile virus?

West Nile virus is an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus) most commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. West Nile virus can cause febrile illness, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord).

West Nile virus transmission has been documented in Europe and the Middle East, Africa, India, parts of Asia, and Australia. It was first detected in North America in 1999, and has since spread across the continental United States and Canada.

How do people get infected with West Nile virus?

Most people get infected with West Nile virus by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals.

In a very small number of cases, West Nile virus has been spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, and from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.

Who is at risk for infection with West Nile virus?

Anyone living in an area where West Nile virus is present in mosquitoes can get infected. West Nile virus has been detected in all lower 48 states (not in Hawaii or Alaska). Outbreaks have been occurring every summer since 1999. The risk of infection is highest for people who work outside or participate in outdoor activities because of greater exposure to mosquitoes.

Is there a vaccine available to protect people from West Nile virus?

No. Currently there is no West Nile virus vaccine available for people. Many scientists are working on this issue, and there is hope that a vaccine will become available in the future.

How soon do people get sick after getting bitten by an infected mosquito?

The incubation period is usually 2 to 6 days but ranges from 2 to 14 days. This period can be longer in people with certain medical conditions that affect the immune system.

What are the symptoms of West Nile virus disease?

No symptoms in most people. Most people (70-80%) who become infected with West Nile virus do not develop any symptoms.

Febrile illness in some people. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Severe symptoms in a few people. Less than 1% of people who are infected will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.

Recovery from severe disease may take several weeks or months. Some of the neurologic effects may be permanent. About 10 percent of people who develop neurologic infection due to West Nile virus will die.

Who is at risk for serious illness if infected with West Nile virus?

Serious illness can occur in people of any age. However, people over 60 years of age are at the greatest risk for severe disease. People with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and people who have received organ transplants, are also at greater risk for serious illness.

What should I do if I think a family member might have West Nile virus disease?

Consult a healthcare provider for evaluation and diagnosis.

How is West Nile virus disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis is based on a combination of clinical signs and symptoms and specialized laboratory tests of blood or spinal fluid. These tests typically detect antibodies that the immune system makes against the viral infection.

What is the treatment for West Nile virus disease?

There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve some symptoms.

People with milder symptoms typically recover on their own, although some symptoms may last for several weeks.

In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.

When do most cases of West Nile virus disease occur?

Most people are infected from June through September.

Where do most cases of West Nile virus disease occur?

West Nile virus disease cases have been reported from all 48 lower states. The only states that have not reported cases are Alaska and Hawaii. Seasonal outbreaks often occur in local areas that can vary from year to year. The weather, numbers of birds that maintain the virus, numbers of mosquitoes that spread the virus, and human behavior are all factors that can influence when and where outbreaks occur.

How can people reduce the chance of getting infected?

The most effective way to avoid West Nile virus disease is to prevent mosquito bites:

Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.

Wear long sleeves and pants from dusk through dawn when many mosquitoes are most active.

Install or repair screens on windows and doors. If you have it, use your air conditioning.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home. Empty standing water from containers such as flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths.

Why do my state health department and CDC sometimes report different numbers of West Nile virus cases?

The CDC case count is based on the number of cases that have been reported by each state health department to CDC. The CDC case count is updated once a week during the transmission season. State health departments might update their counts more often.

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