Keeping you up to date on mosquito news
Most of the country is experiencing a media overload on reports regarding West Nile virus. It is true that certain areas of the United States are getting hit hard with reports of infections from WNV. The Southern states and especially Texas are seeing record numbers of the illness. But in all honesty we really have not seen that much of it here in St. Louis. Residents are constantly asking us if they need to worry, and the answer we give them is to adopt mosquito smart practices and take precautions to ensure they try to keep their yards as mosquito free as possible.
You have to remember that not all mosquitoes carry the West Nile Virus and some of the positive West Nile reports have come from mosquitoes that don’t even bite humans. It is true that if disease carrying mosquitoes are found here in the St. Louis area and you are bitten by one you may contract West Nile virus. Keep in mind that research indicates that about 80% of people who contract the disease don’t get very sick with symptoms that never progress past being similar to having the common flu. Less than 1% of those who become infected with WNV will develop severe infections. The most vulnerable group of the population include very young children, the elderly, and those with weakened or compromised immune systems.
Mosquito Guard of Bexar County provides an invisible veil of protection from mosquitoes and the illness and disease they carry.
According to a Huffington Post report which gives a breakdown of the reported WNV cases for each state, Missouri has had six confirmed cases of West Nile Virus for this season. To date there have been no reported human cases of West Nile virus for Bexars for this season, however for the rest of Texas the number of human infections from the virus now stands at 21 .
Since we are still in the outdoor living season Texas residence love spending time outdoors. We live in a state that offers a great deal of outdoor entertainment and recreational opportunities such as our many state parks, outdoor music festivals and local wineries. There is a lot to see and do here in the St. Louis area, so don’t let your fear of WNV keep you from enjoying the arrival of autumn here in Missouri. Mosquito control, knowledge and prevention is the best way to calm those fears.
How to be mosquito smart throughout the season
Always exercise mosquito-safe practices at home and away and especially from dusk till dawn when mosquitoes are most active. We recommend taking control of your backyard to reduce your risk of coming into contact from a mosquito that might be infected with WNV. Routine inspections of your property should include tipping, tossing out and turning over items, furniture and trash to keep mosquitoes from laying eggs in stagnant water. Change birdbaths or other water features on a regular basis if they do not re-circulate the water within so that mosquitoes will not lay eggs in them. Check your gutters for blockages or damage that could enable water to pool up. Keep your lawn mowed and don’t let shrubbery or other foliage become overgrown. Keep debris piles picked up and discarded. Check your screens for tears or damage that could enable mosquitoes to enter your home. Utilize a mosquito barrier program to eradicate and control mosquitoes by contacting a mosquito control professional.
This mosquito could be carrying West Nile virus
Mosquito Guard of Bexar County specializes in providing an invisible barrier with our safe and effective mosquito barrier sprays. We can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard by 90+ percent. Our barrier spray eliminates the mosquitoes within the treated area and prevents mosquitoes from entering your treated area for up to 21 days after each treatment. Our barrier spray programs are designed to deliver continuous season-long protection from mosquitoes with a series of scheduled yard sprayings throughout the season. This service enables you the freedom to enjoy the entire season with no gaps in service, and also provides peace of mind that you are greatly reducing the risk of coming into contact with a mosquito that may be carrying a mosquito-borne illness such as West Nile.