Within the past decade, commercial mosquito control businesses have popped up all over the United States to stop the biting, blood-sucking family of flies. In some areas the mosquitoes are flourishing despite the presence of established, taxpayer-funded county abatement programs.
Mike Trodden, who spent 12 years in the Air Force and is now owner and operator of Mosquito Shield (based in North Attleboro, MA.), decided to “scratch his entrepreneurial itch” last fall when he opened a local franchise.
Since then his business that specializes in residential and commercial control of mosquitoes and the problems they pose, has grown by leaps and bounds with all the mosquitoes here in South Texas.
"Now is the time we are really looking to help our community. Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus and Zika virus are scary. That's why we post any information that is released on our Facebook page to keep the public aware," said Mike Trodden.
Mosquito Shield is a professionally applied mosquito spray that kills and repels mosquitoes and ticks. Vector-trained technicians treat your common use areas such as pools, decks, patios, and swing sets. They also pay special attention to where mosquitoes and ticks breed and congregate.
The three-pronged approach kills mosquitoes, masks your CO2 (which attracts mosquitoes), and repels them away from your property. The spray, that is made of all natural ingredients, adheres to vegetation, wood, stone/brick, and other organic materials. This creates a vertical barrier that strengthens with each visit. The spray technology maximizes effectiveness, and the mosquito repelling formula they use is safe for children and pets. They monitor both mosquito population and weather conditions and adjust the program as needed.
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Texas has had 27 confirmed cases of Zika virus disease. Of those, 26 were in travelers who were infected abroad and diagnosed after they returned home; one of those travelers was a pregnant woman. One case involved a Dallas County resident who had sexual contact with someone who acquired the Zika infection while traveling abroad.
Case counts by county:
Bexar – 3
Dallas – 4
Fort Bend – 2
Grayson – 1
Harris – 11
Tarrant – 3
Travis – 2
Wise – 1
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, muscle and joint aches and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Symptoms are usually mild, and most people exposed to Zika virus won’t develop any symptoms at all. There have been reports of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is encouraging people to follow travel precautions for regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
DSHS recommends travelers avoid mosquito bites while abroad and for seven days after returning, in case they have been exposed to Zika virus. People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking a few simple steps:
Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Keep mosquitoes out with air conditioning or intact window screens.
Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito times
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