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July Facebook Drawing Winner

July 29th, 2020 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Eileen Simmons!   You are this month’s winner in a random drawing for a free service.  Eileen has won a FREE mosquito misting!  Please contact us to confirm you want this free service and we will put you on the schedule so you can enjoy mosquito free evenings in your backyard.

Do you want a chance to win a free service?  All you need to do is LIKE our Facebook page.  No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, and there is no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.

Congratulations again Eileen!  https://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/


September Facebook Winner

September 24th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Michael Tappy!  Michael is this month’s winner in a random drawing for a free service.  He have won a FREE mosquito misting which will allow his family to enjoy mosquito free evenings in their backyard.

Want a chance to win a free service?  Just LIKE our Facebook page.  No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/


August Facebook Winner

August 29th, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Melissa Endline!  Melissa is this month’s winner in a random Facebook drawing for a free service.  She won a FREE mosquito misting which will allow her family to enjoy mosquito free evenings in their backyard.

Want a chance to win a free service?  Just LIKE our Facebook page.  No purchase is necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/

 


July Facebook Winner

July 31st, 2018 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Congratulations to Jim Avink for winning July’s Facebook random drawing.  Jim won a FREE mosquito misting which will allow his family to enjoy mosquito free evenings in their backyard.

Want a chance to win a free service? Just LIKE our Facebook page. No purchase necessary, no strings attached, no fine print except that the winner must live in our service area of West Michigan and the Detroit suburbs.  http://www.tuffturfmolebusters.com/pest-solutions/mosquito-control/  


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

August 2nd, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Well not really.  We didn’t give away a chicken dinner, but Anne F. of Grand Rapids did win a free mosquito misting so that she can grill that chicken without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.


More About Zika Virus from the Michigan Mosquito Control Association

April 26th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

More about Zika virus:

Zika is a viral illness spread by the bite of two species of infected mosquitoes, and is an emerging disease in the western hemisphere. People who are bitten by a Zika virus infected mosquito often show only minor symptoms, if any. Major concerns of Zika, however, include the virus’ documented impact on pregnancies and sexual transmission of the virus. Below are some frequently asked questions about Zika virus:

How does somebody get Zika virus?

Zika is primarily spread through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito: 

  •     Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are common in South & Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and some parts of the U.S.. They have not been detected in the state of Michigan.
For updated information about areas with Zika, go to www.cdc.gov/geo/index.html

Zika is also transmitted through sexual contact: 

  •      Zika can be passed from an infected man during sex. The man gets infected by a mosquito bite and spreads it to his partner through unprotected sex. This is preventable by using condoms, the right way, every time during all types of sex.
For up-to-date recommendations regarding the prevention of sexually transmitted Zika, see: www.cdc.gov/zika

You cannot get Zika virus from coughing and sneezing.

What are the symptoms of Zika virus?

  • Most people infected with Zika will not show symptoms and don’t even know they have it. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. 
  • Zika symptoms may include: fever, headache, rash, reddened eyes, joint and/or muscle pain.

What are the concerns for pregnant women?

  • If a pregnant woman is infected with Zika, she can pass the virus to her fetus. Zika has been linked to cases of microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age.
  • Pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant are advised to avoid, or postpone travel to areas with ongoing Zika virus transmission.
For information about birth defects related to Zika virus, see: www.cdc.gov/zika
For updated information about areas with Zika, go to www.cdc.gov/geo/index.html

How can I prevent mosquito bites while traveling to areas with Zika virus?

  • The mosquitoes that transmit Zika bite during the day and night. 
  • It’s important to wear EPA registered insect repellents when in areas with current Zika virus activity. Loose fitting, long sleeved shirts and pants can also be protective in these areas. 
  • Try to stay in locations with window and door screens and air conditioning.

Will Zika be a health threat in the U.S.?

  • Zika may spread through mosquito bites in some states later this spring and summer. Based on US experiences with similar viruses (dengue and chikungunya), states like Florida, Hawaii, and Texas, may have cases or small clusters of diseases that are spread by infected mosquitoes. Additional states may also be at risk. 
  • To date, the species that transmit Zika virus have not been found in the State of Michigan. 
  • Some health departments and areas with mosquito control districts are actively monitoring for the presence of these mosquitoes in the state.
For up-to-date maps of the distribution of these mosquito species, see: www.cdc.gov/zika

How can I prevent mosquito bites around my home? 

  • Wear EPA registered insect repellents when working or recreating outside during peak mosquito activity periods. 
  • Eliminate small containers of water such as buckets, tires, and planters. Also cover rain barrels with mesh so that mosquitoes cannot develop in them. 
  • Make sure window and door screens are in good repair. Not all Michigan communities practice mosquito control. The best way to protect communities from disease carrying mosquitoes is through proactive control measures. For questions about mosquito control in your community, contact your local mosquito control district or your city, township, or county government.

This information provided by the Mosquito Control Association of Michigan.


Mosquitos and You

March 11th, 2016 by ifiadmin

Aedes_aegypti_mosquitoMosquitoes spreading the Zika Virus is one of the hottest topics on the national news. Before that it was West Nile Virus.

It’s believed that 4 in 5 people with the virus don’t show any symptoms, and the primary transmitter for the disease, the Aedes mosquito species, is both widespread and challenging to eliminate. That means that fighting Zika requires raising awareness on how people can protect themselves. Google, whose mission is helping people find information, is providing UNICEF with a $1 million grant to help their efforts in analyzing, mapping and getting out information on the virus.

First, we were told to not worry because Zika Virus would not come to the U.S. A month later, the Zika virus was discovered in Texas, but not to worry because it would not come to the Midwest. A few weeks later, a woman in Indiana was diagnosed with the Zika Virus, but not to worry because it won’t come to Michigan. Then, a week later it was diagnosed in a woman in Lansing.

Zika Virus is spreading throughout the U.S. almost as quick as the promises by the presidential candidates. Zika Virus causes severe, permanent neurological disorders. It is spread by mosquitoes and once in the human system, it can be spread via sex.

Mosquitoes are the largest threat to our health. There were 5 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Michigan last September. While our mosquito program cannot eliminate every mosquito or prevent any diseases, it significantly reduces the mosquito population. You will be able to enjoy the outdoors and not get eaten alive.


Zika Virus

February 10th, 2016 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

National Mosquito Awareness Week

June 24th, 2015 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

This week is National Mosquito Awareness Week.  There are 3 D’s to protection from mosquitoes.  Drain, Dress, & Defend.    mosquito fact sheet


Protecting your property from Mosquitoes

June 11th, 2015 by Tuff Turf Molebusters

Pyrethrins are a class of natural insecticides produced from dried chrysanthemum blooms.   Pyrethrins work by penetrating the nervous system of insects. Small doses of pyrethrin are very effective against insects with exoskeletons. Humans and animals do not have exoskeletons, so it does not affect nervous systems the same. Pyrethrins are often used in pet shampoos to kill fleas and ticks. Apply a pyrethrin based product as a light spray in shady areas where mosquitoes land, such as in bushes, mulch or under decks. The residual will typically last about a month and kill insects that pass through it or land on it. In addition to spraying, you can protect your yard from mosquitoes by:

  • Eliminating standing water on your property. Check your gutters, drains, flowerpots, and even bird baths.  Anywhere water stands is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  • Use insect repellent when you are going to be outside (especially true from dusk until dawn when mosquitoes are most active.)  Repellents that include DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus are the most effective.
  • Wear light, long sleeve shirts and pants when you are going to be outside for an extended amount of time (especially from dusk until dawn.)  Mosquitoes are drawn to heat and carbon dioxide (which is why it is important to wear lighter clothing so your heat signature isn’t too great.)
  • Use air conditioning or make sure there are screens on all doors and windows (and they are in good repair) to keep mosquitoes from entering the home.

Finding pyrethrin products in the hardware store is easy. Finding the time to apply them is the challenge. That is why many of our customers rely on the Mosquito Abatement program.  Our program is very effective and allows our clients to enjoy being outside without being eaten alive.