How Is West Nile Virus Spread?

What You Need to Know About West Nile Virus Transmission

Is West Nile virus contagious? How is this mosquito-borne disease spread? With mosquito season in full swing, you may be thinking about the risk of West Nile virus and what you can do to keep your family protected. If you are concerned about West Nile virus transmission from person to person, you will be relieved to know that the World Health Organization (WHO) reports no known human-to-human transmissions of the virus through casual contact.

Still concerned? The experts at Mosquito Joe dig a little deeper into the facts about West Nile virus transmission and the steps you can take for virus prevention.

West Nile Virus Transmission Facts

Birds are the natural hosts of West Nile virus, and the virus proliferates in nature through a lifecycle that involves transmission between birds and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes pick up the virus when they feed on an infected bird and the virus is stored in the mosquito’s salivary glands. Infected mosquitoes can then pass the virus to mammals, including humans, when they bite, injecting the host with the virus.

People most at risk for contracting West Nile are those who work outside or participate in outdoor activities. . anyone who lives in an area where West Nile virus has been identified in mosquitoes is at risk.

West Nile Virus Symptoms

According to WHO, 80% of people who become infected with the virus do not experience symptoms. However, in the worst cases, it can lead to a fatal neurological disease. Approximately 20% of infected people develop West Nile fever, which can include the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Body Aches
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Skin rash
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Symptoms typically begin to show two to six days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, although it can take up to two weeks. Most people who develop symptoms will make a complete recovery, but residual fatigue and weakness can last several weeks following the infection.

West Nile Virus Prevention

Because there are no medications or vaccines to treat West Nile virus, protecting against mosquito bites is the best plan for prevention.

Here are tips for limiting unwanted encounters with mosquitoes when you or your family members are outside:

  • Apply insect repellent anytime you plan to go outside. Repellent products containing DEET and picaridin are effective and provide longer-lasting protection from bites. Insect repellents containing coconut oil compounds are effective botanical alternatives.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants.
  • Avoid going outside during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
  • Decrease the number of mosquitoes around your property by emptying standing water from containers and ensuring the yard does not have piles of leaves or debris.
  • Consider the professional application of yard treatments specifically designed to keep mosquitoes and other pests off your property.

Achieve an Itch-Free Yard with Mosquito Joe

A highly effective way to protect your yard from mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus is to have outdoor pest control experts like Mosquito Joe apply recurring barrier treatments to your property. Regular treatments will eliminate mosquitoes and other pests like ticks and fleas for up to three weeks at a time. Your local Mosquito Joe team has the tools and solutions to make your outdoor space fun again so you and your family can enjoy bite-free time in your yard this year.

Let our professionals perform the customized mosquito control services to fit your property’s needs. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 for more information or request a free quote online now.


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West Nile Virus Prevention Basics

West Nile Virus Prevention for Your Family

Are you concerned about protecting your family from West Nile virus? The thought of anyone in your family contracting an illness from an infected mosquito may be enough to make your shelter inside, especially if the virus has been identified in your area. Don’t let worry about the West Nile virus keep you and your family members from spending quality time together outside.

To prevent West Nile virus transmission, Mosquito Joe has prepared some tips so you can combat the mosquitoes in your yard and take the proper steps to make your property an itch-free zone.

How to Prevent Getting West Nile Virus

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine for West Nile virus, so the number-one way to prevent virus transmission is to stop mosquito bites in the first place.

Here’s what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones:

1. Use an effective mosquito repellent product.

Look for insect repellant products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Products containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), and 2-undecanone have been proven to repel mosquitoes and other biting insects. These products are an effective solution for everyone, even women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. However, these repellents are not recommended for young children. Always read product labels and check the EPA site for product safety and effectiveness.

2. Wear long sleeves and pants.

Covering as much skin as possible is a good way to keep mosquito bites away. Neutral-colored, loose-fitting clothing is best. Avoid bright colors or flower patterns that can attract mosquito attention, as well as tight clothes, which can make it easier for the mosquito to penetrate through the clothing to the skin. Tuck pants into socks and consider wearing a hat for additional protection.

3. Treat clothing with permethrin.

Permethrin is a common mosquito control product that can be sprayed on clothing and shoes. The product is irritating to mosquitoes which keeps them from landing and biting, and can even kill them on contact. The product can be sprayed on all clothing, or you can purchase clothing that has been pre-treated with permethrin. However, do not apply the spray directly to the skin. Read the product label to determine how long the pesticide protection will last.

4. Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn.

Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes are the most prevalent. If possible, avoid going outside during these times. Another time to stay inside is immediately following a rainfall, when mosquitoes may be hanging out near standing water in and around your yard.

5. Avoid and prevent mosquito high-traffic zones.

In addition to steering clear of stagnant pools of water like puddles, birdbaths, and clogged, water-filled gutters, it’s a good idea to avoid areas including garbage cans, flowerbeds, piles of leaves, shrubbery, orchards, and wooded areas—all tend to be high-traffic areas for mosquitoes.

You can also take these steps to make your property less attractive to the biting pests:

  • Empty standing or stagnant water around the property on a regular basis.
  • Keep your lawn and shrubbery trimmed and tidy so mosquitoes have fewer places to lurk and rest.
  • Stay on top of gutter maintenance to avoid dirty gutters with stagnant water accumulation.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets and store garden hoses properly.

6. Additional steps to protect children.

Not every insect repellent that’s approved for adults should be used for infants and young children. Always read product labels and check the EPA list for registered insect repellents to determine which products are right for your child. Do not use products that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children younger than three years old.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), insect repellent use on infants under two months old is not recommended.

Whether your child is too young for insect repellants, or you would like to find alternatives, here are other and West Nile virus:

  • Cover baby carriers and strollers with protective netting.
  • Clothe baby head-to-toe in loose-fitting, neutral-colored clothing; include a hat to protect head and ears from bites and shoes or socks to protect feet.
  • Avoid the use of strongly scented soaps, lotions, hair products, and perfumes.
  • Keep the baby inside as much as possible if your yard does not have proper mosquito control.

West Nile Prevention for Your Property

Many homeowners find the most effective way to prevent West Nile virus transmission on their property is to eradicate mosquitoes. No mosquitoes mean no mosquito bites. And no mosquito bites means no West Nile virus.

Ready to reclaim your yard from the threat of biting mosquitoes and worries about mosquito-borne illnesses? Let your local Mosquito Joe team apply the effective barrier treatments that will keep mosquitoes away for up to three weeks. No more swatting, worrying and scratching. Your family can have peace of mind while you enjoy bite-free time together outside. Call the friendly, knowledgeable pros at Mosquito Joe today at 1-855-275-2563 or contact us online to take back control of your yard this season.


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Where Are Lone Star Ticks Found and Will I Get a Meat Allergy?

Understanding the Threat of Lone Star Tick Disease

Spring and summer typically bring more time spent enjoying the great outdoors but also increased concerns about potentially dangerous ticks. Lone star ticks, in particular, have become an intriguing species due to their ability to transmit ehrlichiosis—an illness that can create an allergy to red meat.

It almost sounds like a disease from a sci-fi movie, but this threat is not a figment of the imagination. Should you be concerned?

The experts at Mosquito Joe are here to answer your questions about lone star tick disease, including where these ticks are found and what is up with that dreadful meat allergy.

Where Are Lone Star Ticks Found?

Until recently, people outside of the southern parts of the United States didn’t have to worry about lone star tick disease. However, as the tick species has been spreading north, you now need to watch out for them in the entire eastern half of the United States—from Texas to Iowa and all the way east to the east coast. While the lone star ticks have shown up in areas as far north as Maine, they are still more common in southern states.

You will be able to identify a lone star tick by its silver-white dot—or “lone star”—located on the dorsal shield of females. Adult lone star ticks have a round, reddish-brown body and long, thin mouthparts.

Lone Star Tick Disease: Ehrlichiosis

Lone star ticks transmit bacteria that may lead to several different types of illnesses but the most well known and common is ehrlichiosis. This bacterial illness causes flu-like symptoms ranging from mild body aches and fatigue to high fever and vomiting. Perhaps the most notorious symptom is when the bitten individual develops an allergy to red meat (beef and pork).

While the meat allergy does not happen to every person who is bitten by a lone star tick, it is common enough to be cause for concern.

How does this bizarre allergic reaction develop? When the lone star tick bites a human after feeding on other mammals, the victim can experience an immune system response to the tick’s saliva molecules. Doctors say it can take anywhere from two weeks to three months after a lone star tick bite to experience this bizarre allergic reaction.

How Likely Are You to Contract Ehrlichiosis?

As the lone star tick species continues to expand its geographic footprint, many people living in the eastern half of the U.S. want to know what the risk is for contracting ehrlichiosis or developing the lone star tick meat allergy. Research reveals that a lone star tick is less likely to carry ehrlichiosis than a deer tick (also known as a blacklegged tick) is to carry Lyme disease. So not everyone who is bitten by a lone star tick will develop the red meat allergy.

The risk may not be high enough to warrant alarm. Still, it’s important to note that the lone star tick is the most aggressive tick species. It’s possible to experience multiple bites if you find yourself in their habitat.

Protect Yourself and Your Family with Tick Control Services

Checking for ticks regularly and being aware of the risk of tick-borne illnesses is important, but there’s more you can do to minimize exposure to the lone star tick disease

Let the team of experts at your local Mosquito Joe help you to combat any tick species in your area with our reliable tick control services.

We are dedicated to using the best prevention and barrier methods to serve as a strong line of defense against tick-borne illnesses. Call us at 1-855-275-2563 or contact us online to schedule professional tick control services.


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Will Giant Asian Hornets Take a Sting Out of Your Outside Fun?

 

If you’ve heard about The Murder Hornet, you probably are wondering what this insect is and if it could establish itself in the United States. As the experts in outdoor pest control, Mosquito Joe is here to answer all of the important questions you might have.

What is a Murder Hornet?

The Murder Hornet, commonly known as the Giant Asian Hornet, is one of the largest hornets in the world. With a body length of 1.98 inches and a stinger that is one-fourth of an inch, their stinger injects a large amount of venom into an insect.

Giant Asian Hornets are found in temperate to tropical regions in East Asia, South Asia and mainland Southeast Asia. They primarily feed on tree sap, larger insects and social insects such as honeybees and the honey they produce.

The Giant Asian Hornet in the United States

In September 2019, a colony was confirmed in Vancouver, Canada and was eradicated. Recently, there was a sighting of two Giant Asian Hornets in Washington state, one of them being dead. After further investigation of the other insect, it was determined that there was no evidence of an established colony here in the United States.

The biggest threat that the Giant Asian Hornet could impose is the destruction of honeybee hives. Floyd Shockley, the entomology collections manager at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, stated, “It’s important to focus on the facts, and the facts don’t support that this is an established invasive that’s going to destroy the North American honeybee industry.”

When it comes to Giant Asian Hornets and their threat to humans, Shockley also stated that there is nothing to worry about. While their sting is more painful than that of a honeybee, they tend to keep to themselves and are only dangerous when they feel provoked.

Mosquito Joe’s Pollinator Protection Management Program

Mosquito Joe understands that pollinators are a valuable part of the ecosystem, which is why we created the Pollinator Protection Program. Our Pollinator Protection Program is our conscious effort to minimize the harm done to our buzzing friend, the bee, while knocking out our pesky foe, the mosquito. The program is designed around three key areas:

  1. Familiarity with customer property: A trained and certified technician will identify any flowering bushes, gardens and plants that attract pollinators and treat accordingly.
  2. Application procedures: Technicians are trained to not spray within ten feet of plants that attract pollinators. Wind direction is also considered when spraying and may necessitate a greater standoff distance than ten feet.
  3. Products: While pesticides are a potential factor to the pollinators, the concern is largely with neonicotinoids, a family of pesticides which we do not use. We also closely follow the manufacturer’s application instructions on the product label.

We pride ourselves on our communication with our customers, starting with education and then working together when we customize our treatment plan for each individual property.

Need To Treat That Sting?

Mosquito Joe has a treatment program to eradicate non-pollinator stinging insects such as wasps, hornets and ground-nesting yellow jackets. Wearing Personal Protection equipment, our technicians use an insecticidal dust formulation that is injected into the nest with a controlled device to eradicate the nest.

Are you ready to take back your yard? Reach out to your local Mosquito Joe to find a treatment plan that works best for your property.

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Do Mosquitoes Spread Coronavirus?

This answer is…absolutely not.

While there are a lot of diseases spread by mosquitoes, according to World Health Organization has stated, “There has been no information nor evidence to suggest that the new coronavirus could be transmitted by mosquitoes.”

How Does COVID-19 Spread?

COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 is being spread from person to person. Based on what we know, its spread occurs between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Respiratory droplets are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and those droplets carry the virus from one person to another.

How Do I Protect Myself and My Family?

This pandemic is moving quickly, and the best practices can change from day-to-day. Follow the preventative steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and your local health department, as some information will change based on how serious the outbreak is in your area.

To help you stay healthy and safe, we’ve outlined some of the most effective preventative measures below.

Social Distancing

Limiting contact with people outside your home is an important step in protecting yourself and your family. Social distancing means taking measures to maintain distance from other humans, therefore limiting the chances of them infecting you with COVID-19. The easiest way to distance yourself is to stay at home as much as possible.

If you must leave the house, take the following steps to distance yourself while outside the home:

  • Stay at least six feet away from other people as much as possible.
  • Replace handshakes or hugs with elbow bumps.
  • If you touch door handles or handrails, do not touch your face; wash your hands as soon as possible.
  • If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • If you are healthy, avoid contact with people who are sick.

Personal Hygiene

It cannot be said enough that handwashing and keeping your hands away from your face are vital steps in protecting yourself and others. Consider the following recommendations from the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often. Use soap and hot water and wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after being out in public, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer only when soap and water are not accessible and ensure it contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face. If your hands are dirty, keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Contain coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in the trash immediately. If you’re not able to use a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. Healthy individuals who are not caring for sick people do not need to wear masks. It’s important to make sure masks are available for those who need them.
  • Clean and disinfect. Both clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched regularly every day. This includes things like tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.

While COVID-19 is already impacting life in America on a significant level, taking the necessary precautions to limit its spread is the best thing we can do to protect both ourselves and our communities.

Mosquitoes Do Carry Many Diseases

While mosquitoes are not of concern with the outbreak of COVID-19, they are carriers of many diseases that can have serious impacts on those who contract the diseases. If you’re concerned about mosquitoes in your yard, Mosquito Joe provides treatments to help eliminate mosquitoes from your property. Give us a call at 1-855-275-2563 or request a quote online.

Learn how to reduce spreading of germs in your office with these tips from Molly Maid, another member of the Neighborly® family of home service brands.

The information provided herein is interim guidance for general education purposes only and should not be construed as or substituted for medical advice or emergency response plans. For additional information, please contact your local health department or visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. All Mosquito Joe services are performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

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