West Nile Virus Arrives in South Carolina

Summer has settled in. It’s been hot and wet. Not all of us love it when it gets this way, but boy the mosquitoes do. It’s this part of summer that we start to hear about West Nile virus cases popping up. It hasn’t happened in Greenville yet, but it is close. On July 10th Us News reported the first human case of West Nile in SC this year on Hilton Head Island. Just seven days after that The State Newspaper reported a bird carrying the virus found in downtown Columbia. Closer and closer it is coming. It is so important to be prepared BEFORE it reaches us.

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes to birds to people. The Columbia area in which this infected bird was found is a heavily populated area filled with businesses, homes, and popular hangouts. The presence of the virus is a serious public health concern. West Nile doesn’t affect a lot of people, but nonetheless, it has a slight possibility of making someone very sick. Approximately only a fourth of those infected will show symptoms at all. However, 1% of that fourth can suffer from encephalitis, which is dangerous and can be deadly. One preventable death is one too many.

What Can I Do to Prevent West Nile Virus? 

Tracking of the virus helps to keep us protected. Knowing where it is present helps community government and control agencies in planning for area wide treatment when necessary. You can do your part by reporting dead birds in your area to DHEC. Other ways to keep your community safe is by making sure the surroundings are not a breeding ground. Keep areas free of standing water and follow the 5Ts of mosquito control. Follow these at home and maybe even make it a neighborhood project. It certainly benefits everyone to cut down on the mosquito population. When you are spending time outdoors, don’t forget to use your repellent and possibly even cover your arms and legs during the dawn and dusk hours. Avoid bites however you can.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

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Rainy Summer… Perfect Mosquito Climate

Did it rain AGAIN at your house last night? We have entered that pattern in which every afternoon around 3 or 4 we start to wonder if a summer storm will hit. And it usually does. Maybe not at your house each time, but somewhere close by. We certainly don’t want to complain about rain. We’ve lived through droughts in the upstate, but we also have to admit that all this rain doesn’t come without a hint of annoyance. Besides the fact that a summer storm can cancel your afternoon plans without warning, it and also do wonders for the growth of the mosquito population.

Mosquitoes Love Water

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on water surfaces, so all of this rain can create the perfect habitat if you allow it. Think of all the little spots in your yard where water can collect. There’s that empty flower pot you’ve been meaning to move, the little swimming pool that the kids forgot to turn over like you asked them to, and don’t forget there is a wheelbarrow and 3 paint buckets behind the shed. Now imagine if there are hundreds of mosquitoes ready to hatch in each one of those places. YIKES!

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Upstate mosquito control is truly the responsibility of each one of us. It’s no secret that mosquitoes carry disease, and the fewer there are, the better off we all are. After these heavy downpours and storms, take the time to clean up the standing water around your home.

Think about all the places where you are sure water is collecting, and then think again about the places you might not have considered. Are your gutters draining properly? How about the ditch? Mosquito Squad of Greenville wants to remind you how important it is to clean up after rain. Follow our 5Ts of mosquito control if you aren’t sure what you should be doing in your own yard.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

While you are doing everything you can to keep those new mosquitoes from hatching call us and let us eliminate 85-90% of the ones that already exist. Our barrier sprays are 100% guaranteed and last for up to 3 weeks. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your yard, even after the rain stops. Call us today! 864-277-4299

 

Don’t Be An April Fool: Clean Your Yard to Limit Greenville Mosquito Population Growth for the Summer

The sound of mowers humming, children hooting & hollering, and bees buzzing filled our first summer-like weekend. If you weren’t among the many folks who spent this weekend completing spring landscape clean-up – you might want to put it on the schedule very soon. With a week of above freezing temperatures behind us, mosquitoes will begin multiplying anytime now. The more standing water, leaves, and debris in your yard, the more easily the mosquito population will multiply.

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What Does Water Have to Do With It?

With three of the four stages of the mosquito life cycle happening in the water, it is a very important factor in the growth of new mosquitoes. A female mosquito requires a blood meal to produce a batch of 50-200 eggs. She will lay them on or near the surface of standing water. Most species will hatch in two or three days. Mosquito larvae feed on bits of organic matter in the water, hanging out at the surface to get air. Within about a week they will transform into pupae for a few days when they grow easily and quickly, emerging out of the water as flying, biting, annoying adults.

Spring Mosquito Yard Clean-up

With mosquito populations multiplying exponentially – early yard clean-up can set you up for a full season of pest-free outdoor living. At Mosquito Squad we always advocate the 5 T’s of mosquito control with our valuable clients and readers. But we are especially thrilled when influential institutions spread a similar message. Clemson University Entomology offers brilliant knowledge about the mosquito life-cycle including a specific checklist for eliminating standing water.

In case tipping, turning, and tossing doesn’t cover the gamut of mosquito population growth potential – there are a few additional things you should inspect. Check flat roofs for puddling water after rain, clean out gutters, drain stagnant pools or swampy areas and examine trees for holes and decayed areas that could hold water.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville

For additional Greenville mosquito control, contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to eliminate 85-90% of mosquitoes from your yard all season. Our service is easy and worry-free, call us at  (864) 277-4299 or via email at greenville@mosquitosquad.com.

The Zika Virus is Worse than Expected

Over the past week, the Zika Virus has returned to the news in a big way. It all started when the CDC reported that the negative health effects of the Zika Virus are worse than they suspected as research is uncovering more complications in those infected by the Virus. Along with the CDC’s statement, there have been several new reports released since we last updated you, bear with us as we give you the run down.

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Zika Virus has Been Confirmed as a Cause of Microcephaly in Infants

The increase in microcephaly in infants in Brazil coinciding with a Zika Virus epidemic is what brought the Zika Virus into the world spotlight. Scientists have been working diligently to confirm the link between Zika Virus in pregnant women and microcephaly in infants. This week they have confirmed the causal relationship that Zika Virus can indeed cause microcephaly in infants whose pregnant mother becomes infected with the virus. Medscape reported in their story that a mother infected in the 1st and 2nd trimesters, when brain development is at its peak, increases the risk for microcephaly in her baby. There are many more studies underway to determine the risk of other birth defects (and the extent of the risk.) Right now the range is broad, between 1-29% of pregnant women infected with Zika Virus will have a baby with microcephaly.

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More Zika Birth Defects

The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study that found a variety of other birth defects linked to Zika Virus infection during pregnancy. The range of defects includes cerebral calcification, central nervous system alterations, intrauterine growth restrictions, abnormal arterial flow in the umbilical arteries and cerebral arteries, developmental failure in part of the brain, Macular hypoplasia, Blake’s pouch cyst, insufficient amniotic fluid, microcephaly and even resulted in 2 stillbirths. With these new potential birth defects along with the confirmation of microcephaly being caused by Zika, it is more important than ever to follow the CDC’s advice for couples thinking about pregnancy. Zika Virus can be transmitted through sexual activity, meaning couples exposed to Zika need to take extra precautions if they are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.

Zika Has Been Linked to Health Complications Outside of Pregnancy & Newborns

Two major health complications in non-pregnant/non-newborn individuals have been linked to Zika Virus. While there are many more studies needed to confirm the link, Zika is suspected to cause Guillain-Barre syndrome and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Both Guillain-Barre and ADEM are auto-immune disorders that can severely disrupt the lives of those affected. Guillain-Barre can even lead to death if not treated promptly and effectively. Auto-immune disorders are when a person’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body.

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The Zika Mosquito’s Geographical Reach has Been Expanded

Not long before the news broke of the extent of the Zika Virus’s health effects, the CDC updated their report on the geographical reach of the Zika transmitting mosquitoes Aedes Aegypti & Aedes Albopictus. While both mosquitos were already reported as being in Greenville and Spartanburg area, the rest of the United States is experiencing an increased risk as the number went from 12 states to 30 states affected.

Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville.
Billy & Michele Scales, owners of Mosquito Squad of Greenville, with Tillman.

As we await the Zika Virus to play out during the 2016 mosquito season, it is vital that we think of prevention as the best method of protection. Start by following the CDC’s travel guide, advising pregnant women not to travel to affected countries. Avoiding mosquitoes and mosquito bites is really the best way to lower your risk. Following the 5 T’s of mosquito control will help lower the population of mosquitoes in your yard, but Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s traditional barrier spray is the best way to eliminate mosquitoes from your yard long term. Our barrier treatment eliminates 85-90% of mosquitoes in your yard and works for up to 3 weeks. Sign up for the season and we’ll come back every 2-3 weeks automatically, you don’t have to do a thing. Call today 864-277-4299.