Zika Virus in Appling, Jeff Davis and Wayne counties?

Soon, people in Appling, Jeff Davis and Wayne counties will start using their yards more.

And as they do, Green Frog Pest Solutions will start to get calls for Mosquito Control Service.

Zika Virus

This year, over the past few days, the news has been filled with stories of the rapid spread of the mosquito borne Zika Virus throughout the Western Hemisphere. The news of the Zika virus being found in the U.S. is quickly gaining momentum and receiving national attention from the media as human cases are being confirmed in the states across the country, including Florida, Texas, New York, New Jersey and more. In addition to the illness associated with the virus, there is great concern about the virus’ potential effect in pregnant women, as there is mounting evidence of a link to microcephaly, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development in infants.

The CDC has issued travel alerts for people planning to travel to countries and territories (in the Americas) with active Zika virus transmission. The CDC and the WHO (World Health Organization) have come out in force to promote public attention to this matter.

As members of the pest management industry, we are not experts in discussing the virus, nor can we speculate on its potential spread. However, we are experts in mosquitoes and effective mosquito control, and can help by educating the public on how to avoid contact with mosquitoes, both while traveling and at home, and how to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and reducing biting mosquito populations around your home.

How is Zika virus transmitted?

Zika is spread through the bite of and infected Aedes genus of mosquitoes, which is the same mosquito species that carries dengue fever and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are the primary carriers, but Aedes albopictus mosquitoes also known as the Asian Tiger mosquito, might also transmit the virus.

With our once a month mosquito treatments, we can greatly reduce the mosquito population around your home, and while our service is great, there are things you can do to help prevent mosquitoes yourself.

  • Make sure your door and window screens fit tightly.
  • If necessary you can use spray containing DEET. However, products with a DEET concentration higher than 50 percent do not increase protection. Avoid applying to exposed skin. Try to keep it on clothing only. It is recommended to consult a physician before using on children.
  • Studies show that Insect light traps (Bug Zappers) or sound devices do little to reduce mosquito bites.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves when outside at night.
  • Remove any water-filled containers like pots, buckets, planters, tires, etc.
  • Regularly empty and replace water in birdbaths, pet dishes, small pools, etc.
  • Roof gutters should be kept clean of leaves and debris so water will not collect in them.

Mosquito control is not just one thing. It is necessary to take a look at the entire area around your home for potential problems. Call your pest control company and have them stop by and inspect your property for problem areas.

If you have problems with mosquitoes or any other pests, give us a call at 912-367-2361. We’ll be happy to speak with you about it.


By: Kevin

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