Zeka Virus Update and How to Protect your Family

With the CDC announcing this week that the Zeka Virus is ‘Scarier than we initially thought’ , new concerns about how to protect your family are out there. Mosquito-borne illnesses are not new. Even though this is a nationwide concern, our focus at BuzzOFF Mosquito of Tampa Bay is mainly Florida. Mosquito-borne diseases found in Florida include West Nile virus disease, Eastern equine encephalitis, and St. Louis encephalitis. In the past few years, we have also had mosquito-borne diseases found in other countries brought into Florida when infected people or animals come into our state and are bitten by mosquitoes while visiting. Some examples of these diseases include chikungunya fever, dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, and Rift Valley fever and of course, the zeka virus. Because of our tropical environment, Florida is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, including the species that are spreading these diseases. So what can be done to protect your environment so you can enjoy living in our beautiful Sunshine State?

First, take an inventory of your yard. Are your gutters full of leaves, do you have standing water? Is there a lot of underbrush from last year that needs to be cleaned out? Look under your raised I did this in our yard and I found one of my rain barrels with a torn screen. It doesn’t take long for mosquitoes to take over so I immediately repaired the screen and problem solved. You have to be diligent and consistent.

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A more permanent and automatic solution to mosquito control is our Mistigator Mosquito Misting Systems. Many of our customers have outdoor pools and would not be able to enjoy their pool without the control our system offers. If you would like more information on what you can do to control the mosquitoes in your environment or would like a free yard evaluation and quote on adding a Mistigator Automatic Mosquito System to your yard, give me a call. We know what it takes to control mosquitoes. It’s your yard. Enjoy it!

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