Jamestown Canyon virus detected in Kent County mosquitos

July 17th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) detected a dangerous mosquito-borne illness (Jamestown Canyon virus) in part of Kent County following a survey of the mosquito population.

The discovery, which is not a human case, was made during ongoing surveillance and testing conducted by the KCHD near Grand Rapids and Walker. It’s not a human case of the virus, but it can still spread to humans. This warning reminds people to stay alert around mosquitoes, especially if they bite them.

“Fortunately, the measures that people can take to protect themselves from other mosquito borne illnesses will work against the Jamestown Canyon virus,” said Brendan Earl, Supervising Sanitarian at KCHD. “With the increase in mosquito activity this time of year, it is good to practice simple and proven steps to prevent mosquito bites.”

Mosquitos lay their eggs in standing water, making it a breeding ground. Flooding and heavy rain in West Michigan early Monday will only create more opportunities for mosquitos to grow.

“Their larval lifestyle requires them to be in water,” Earl said. “If you dump them out, we always call it tip and toss, you’ll get rid of entire generations of mosquitos.”

Jamestown Canyon virus is spread to people by infected mosquitoes from April to September. Vaccines cannot prevent the virus, and no medications can treat it. The best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid mosquito bites.

While the symptoms of the Jamestown Canyon virus include headache, fever, and fatigue, severe cases of meningitis or encephalitis are extremely rare. This should provide significant reassurance to you and your family.

Prevent mosquito-borne illnesses by taking the following precautions:

  • Spray insect repellent with 10–35% DEET.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants with light colors.
  • Stay indoors during dusk to reduce your risk of being bitten
  • Remove or refresh water in bird baths, children’s wading pools, water bowls for your pets, and empty other small containers that can collect water in your yard

For more information, read the Kent County Health Department’s press release. This will give you a more comprehensive understanding of the situation and how to protect yourself.


West Michigan Bug Control: The Bugs Are Everywhere!

July 12th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: July 8, 2024 – July 12, 2024 

We’re back to tackling bugs in West Michigan this week after an exciting 4th of July weekend. This time of year sees a rise in bug control efforts, as it’s the peak season for insect activity.

Consistency is key, and that’s exactly what we deliver. Our Insect Busters and Bug Barrier services can effectively control mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, spiders, ants, and more. Many customers are unaware of these services, so let’s explore what we offer.

Each service includes 8 visits per season, scheduled every 23-28 days apart.

Insect Busters: We spray a fine mist to your grass, bushes, and trees to control outdoor bugs.

Bug Barrier: We spray a fine mist around the foundation of your home to deter outdoor bugs from wanting to enter.

Our services are highly effective and can significantly reduce those pesky bugs, allowing you to enjoy your yard bug-free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo


West Michigan Lawn Care: Happy Summer, Why Bugs?!

June 20th, 2024 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

In The Field: June 17, 2024 – June, 21, 2024 

Summer brings more bugs due to warmer temperatures, higher humidity, increased food availability, synchronized reproductive cycles, and longer daylight hours. The warm weather accelerates insects’ metabolism, development, and reproductive rates, while high humidity provides ideal conditions for their survival. The abundance of food from blooming plants and human activities attracts more insects, and many species have life cycles that peak in summer. Extended daylight hours also give insects more time to feed, mate, and lay eggs, contributing to their population surge. Our Insect Busters and Bug Barrier service will help control those unwanted bugs to provide you with an outdoor space you can enjoy by relaxing without the annoyance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids, Byron Center, Kentwood, Grandville, Jenison, Hudsonville, Holland, Grand Haven, Rockford, Cascade, Kalamazoo