School is open, fall is officially here, and many people think that mosquitoes automatically go away since summer is gone. We continue to spray these disease-carrying pests through October. It is not too late to sign up for service.
A major species of malaria carrying mosquito avoids the smell of chickens, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, published in Malaria Journal.
The study suggests that living in close proximity to chickens may help protect against malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
Congratulations Jason Minier for winning this month’s FaceBook drawing for a free mosquito control misting. Each month we have a drawing and give away a free service to one of our Facebook likes. No purchase is necessary, but this is for single family homes that are in our service area.
Mosquitoes 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.
Western Michigan University instructors discuss the Zika Virus.