Transmitted by mosquitoes, West Nile Virus (WNV) is a dangerous disease. Common in birds, humans and other mammals, WNV is a serious illness that can cause encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). We have several cases of human WNV every year in South Carolina and Greenville specifically has had a few confirmed cases each year for the last several years.
What is West Nile Virus?
West Nile Virus doesn’t always present with symptoms. Only about 25% of people who are infected with WNV actually show symptoms at all. Those who do show WNV symptoms may experience fever, headache, body aches, rash or swollen lymph glands. Less than 1% of those infected WNV will experience severe encephalitis with symptoms that can include: high fever, convulsions, stiff neck, tremors, headache, coma, disorientation, muscle weakness or paralysis and in very few cases even death. If you think you may have WNV you should seek medical attention immediately.
West Nile Virus Prevention
With no specific treatment, cure or vaccine for WNV in humans it is best to take preventative measures to avoid mosquitoes and mosquito bites. Start by protecting yourself and your family in the place where you spend most of your outdoor living time, your own back yard. With Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s traditional barrier spray we can eliminate 85-90% of the mosquitoes in your yard. Our mosquito controls spray eliminates mosquitoes on contact and continues working for up to 3 weeks. Sign up for the season and we’ll respray every 3 weeks so you don’t have to worry about WNV or any other mosquito-borne illness all season long.
West Nile Virus Reporting in Greenville
While doctors will handle reporting human cases of WNV and veterinarians will report animal cases of WNV it is up to all of us to report on dead birds. West Nile Virus actually cycles between mosquitoes and birds. Mosquitoes bite birds with high levels of WNV and become infected, passing the virus on to humans and other birds and animals.
To keep mosquito control agencies aware of WNV in their area it is important that you report dead birds from March through November to help the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) track the spread of WNV through our area. The five most important birds to report are American Crows, Fish Crows, Blue Jays, House Finches and Dead House Sparrows. Never touch a dead bird with your bare hands and check out the SCDHEC website for specific instructions.
Mosquito season is in full-force here in Greenville and Western NC. Mosquitoes are not only bothersome, they are also pose a dangerous health concern due to the various mosquito-borne illnesses they can carry. It only takes ONE bite from a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), or LaCrosse Encephalitis to make you, or a loved one, very sick. With that ONE infected mosquito in mind, we want to educate residents about how just one single mosquito can turn into so many more — in the blink of an eye…
When it comes to the amount of mosquitoes one female mosquito can spawn in your backyard in just four weeks, fact becomes stranger than fiction. The combination of warm weather, spring showers and an unprotected setting equals a recipe for a mosquito invasion. By simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population turns an army of one into an army of over 1 billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…
Week One —In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs for reproduction she must obtain a blood meal from a human or other mammal. Once this has been acquired, she will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs. Mosquitoes can lay up to three batches of eggs during their short lifetime. From here a female mosquito has already perpetuated a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half or more, (male/female probability), will also become blood thirsty mosquitoes looking to start a family in your backyard too!
Week Two — This same backyard now includes 150 new female mosquitoes, plus the original matriarch which brings the total to approximately 151 female mosquitoes. This is where the equation really gets interesting; the 150 daughters of the original female mosquito will also lay up to 300 eggs each. This brings the total number of mosquitoes up to 45,300, of which at least half can also be expected to be female.
Week Three — Out of the prior week’s 45,300 mosquitoes, of which approximately 22,650 female mosquitoes will once again lay up to 300 eggs each bringing the number during their egg laying period to 6,795,300! This brings the total to almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 short weeks. Using the same simple formula of probability with half being born female will leave 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again.
Week Four — The most alarming answer to any outdoor living equation will weigh in at a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito! In addition to the biting, annoyance and irritation mosquitoes deliver, there is a chance just one of these 1.3+ billion mosquitoes could infect you, or a loved one with a mosquito-borne illness.
Fortunately, the moral of this story can have a happy ending! Mosquito Squad of Greenville can prevent and control mosquitoes in your backyard — from the very first female! Our trusted barrier spray program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from taking up residence. By reducing the number of mosquitoes within your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors this season, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes within your yard that may harbor illness or disease.
Have you seen all the media attention on a new mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya? Not only is it spreading rapidly, it is getting National news coverage on programs like Good Morning America. That’s because the virus is new to the United States and is spreading quickly. In fact, confirmed cases are as close to us as Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida as well as other states.
There is good and bad new regarding Chikungunya. The good news is that although mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes aegypti, spread the virusno locally transmitted cases have been confirmed. So how is the virus spreading? By travelers who visit other areas where these mosquitoes are infected. The greatest majority of travelers lately are coming from the Caribbean where they contracted the disease.
The bad news is that with the increasing number of confirmed cases, officials fear mosquitoes within the United States could bite an infected person and begin the transmission to others. The other bad news is that because the virus is so new, there is no vaccine, cure or specific treatment for Chikungunya. Fortunately, most symptoms that include fever, headaches, muscle pain and an itchy rash can be treated and typically do not last too long. But, some with the disease in other countries have reported joint pain lasting as long as five years or a relapse of this pain after symptoms had subsided.
The best protection again Chikungunya as well as other mosquito-borne diseases is prevention. That can sometimes be difficult in these summer months when you want to spend time outdoors. Mosquito Squad of Greenville can help protect you and your family with our triple protection mosquito barrier spray. Our barrier spray targets mosquitoes and eliminates them on contact. A special binding agent allows our spray to remain on your vegetation, continuing to eradicate mosquitoes for 21 days, which is when we come back for another application. It also creates a barrier around your yard to keep additional mosquitoes from entering.
One call to Mosquito Squad of Greenville sets you up for our triple protection barrier spray all season long. Don’t let any mosquito-borne illness ruin your summers when Mosquito Squad of Greenville is ready to protect your family. Call us now to sign up and you’ll be enjoying your yard all summer long.