The recently reported Zika virus in Houston has commanded our full attention. Not only Houston, but across the U.S., Zika virus has been detected for the first time outside of South America, Africa, and Asia. As the Houston mosquito experts, count on us to help you stay up to date and informed on the potentials risks and latest prevention strategies for these incurable mosquito-borne viruses.
The back story: Zika virus initially only occurred in Africa and Asia near the equator. Since then, the virus spread eastward across the Pacific to French Polynesia, then to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean and is now considered a pandemic. The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites in infected Aedes species mosquitoes. Aedes mosquitoes become infected when they bite someone already infected. The mosquitos then lay their eggs in stagnant bodies of water, usually found in flower pots, bird baths, buckets, or animal bowls. These types of mosquitos also prefer to bite humans, and are aggressive in the daytime.
The most important modes of prevention of Zika virus in Houston:
- Avoid travel to places where the Zika virus has been detected (find an updated list, here).
- Use a mosquito barrier system in your yard to protect your family and pets while at home.
- Empty standing water containers so infected mosquitoes do not have a place to lay their eggs.
- Use personal mosquito repellent sprays, especially when visiting mosquito-infested areas such as wooded parks.
Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or cure for the Zika virus. If pregnant when infected, microcephaly may be present in the baby, a condition that causes an underdeveloped brain and an abnormally small head.
At Mosquito Squad Houston, our priority is both our customers’ safety and their awareness of potential issues. We promise to keep you informed, via social media and this site, on anything Zika virus Houston. Our mosquito control spray is effective against mosquitoes and is a vital precaution to take to prevent the spread of the Zika virus. If you have questions on how to reduce the mosquito population on your property, please contact us at 713-599-3666 or connect with us by alerting The Squad here.