Is the Zika Mosquito in Greenville?

A common question, with an easy answer: Yes. The Aedes Aegypti & the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquitoes call Greenville and all of the Southeast United States home. These mosquitoes are easy to detect by their daytime feeding habits and the stripes on their bodies and legs that are their namesake. While the Aedes Aegypti is the main mosquito being blamed for current Zika outbreaks in Colombia and Brazil, there are potentially more mosquitoes capable of carrying & transmitting the Zika Virus. We will update you with that information as it becomes available.

The Aedes Aegypti

Greenville_Aedes-Aegypti-Zika-carrierWidely known as the “yellow fever mosquito”, the Aedes Aegypti is an especially dangerous disease vector with its daytime feeding habits and container habitation. Commonly using unused flower pots or spare tires for its breeding grounds, the Aedes Aegypti thrives quite well in urban areas. These mosquitoes look very similar to the Asian Tiger mosquito with white stripes on the legs and body. The key difference being the white scales above its head on the thorax in the shape of a violin. Aedes Aegypti are key vectors in spreading many diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever and Zika Virus.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger mosquitoes (Aedes Albopictus) hails from the same mosquito family as the Aedes Aegtypti. They surprisingly have lead to the decline of the Aedes Aegypti in the Southeast United States as their larval forms out compete the Aedes Aegypti larvae. Like the Aedes Aegypti, the Asian Tiger mosquito thrives in fresh water stored in containers. They survive well in urban/suburban areas and are also a daytime feeder. Their appearance is very similar to the Aedes Aegypti, the key difference being the white stripe running down the center of the head and thorax. The Asian Tiger mosquito is vector of many diseases such as dengue fever, Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Zika Virus.

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

One of your best lines of defense against these aggressive mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water in your yard. Follow our 5 T’s of Mosquito Control for checking your property for mosquito breeding risks. To gain peace of mind, be sure to give us a call, we can eliminate 85% of all species of mosquitoes on your property with our mosquito barrier spray. 864-277-4299 Take back your yard with help from Mosquito Squad of Greenville.

Prepare for the Mosquito Invasion

The mosquitoes are inevitably coming; in fact, they are planning their attack right now just waiting for the weather to warm.  And, they love the rain we are getting because water is the perfect place to lay their eggs.  They aren’t picky, even the smallest amount of standing

Mosquito Squad of Greenville eliminates mosquitoes that bite
Eliminating standing water will help protect your family from mosquitoes and their bites.

water is good enough for them.  Luckily, Mosquito Squad of Greenville has 5 great tips on how to eliminate mosquitoes in your yard:

 

  1. Tip – tip over those flower pots saucers, dog dishes, buckets or anything else on your deck or yard that can collect water from the rain or even your sprinkler system.
  2. Toss – toss any excess grass clippings, downed tree limbs, or piles of leaves that can harbor mosquito eggs.
  3. Turn – Kid’s toys, tire swings, small baby pools or anything else where water does not needs to be turned over.
  4. Tilt tarps – do you have a wood pile in back covered with a tarp or a grill cover that is not taut?  These are perfect places for the pests to lay their eggs.
  5. Treat – Treat your property with the #1 mosquito protection in Greenville.  Mosquito Squad of Greenville has proven treatment guaranteed to keep mosquitoes out of your yard.
Effective mosquito control begins by tipping items over that collect water.
Effective mosquito control begins by tipping items over that collect water.

Mosquitoes need a very small amount of standing water to lay their eggs and they will find just about any type of container that holds water.  They are more than just a nuisance; they can ruin a nice evening outdoors and even worse, they carry diseases to humans and pets.  Use the proven mosquito control treatment from Mosquito Squad of Greenville to eliminate up to 90% of mosquitoes and ticks in your yard.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn about our safe and effective barrier treatments that will keep your family and pets safe this summer.  Fight the bite with Mosquito Squad!

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

 

Call us today for a free quote (864) 277 – 4299
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