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A Few Mosquitoes In America Have Been Found Carrying A Rare And Deadly Virus

Given the copious amount of news coverage on the Zika outbreaks, as well as the aggressive public health campaign to convince people to take precautions against disease-carrying bugs, most Americans probably think that they are well aware of the diseases that mosquitoes can spread to humans. However, a recent finding in North Carolina will cause many people to think twice about this assumption. Researchers in North Carolina captured several mosquitoes that had been carrying a life threatening virus, but you have likely never heard of this particular mosquito-borne disease. The virus is known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and two cases have already been reported in one single county. The virus is a threat to both humans and horses. Luckily, no human cases of EEE have been reported in the United States this year, but one horse has already died as a result of sustaining a bite from a mosquito that had been carrying EEE.

In Onslow County, North Carolina, researchers have found more EEE-carrying mosquitoes. These mosquitoes can spread the devastating virus to humans and horses through one single bite. According to Pamela Brown, Community Relations Officer for the Onslow County Health Department, some people who contract EEE may show no symptoms, while others may develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and headaches. If you or anyone you know is experiencing these symptoms, then a visit to the doctor is in order. Those that contract the disease, but fail to seek medical attention, can rapidly develop more serious medical issues, including seizures, coma and sometimes death. Using repellent every time you step outdoors and being mindful of areas that contain standing water can prevent bites from infected mosquitoes. The CDC states that EEE is one of the most significant mosquito-borne diseases in the US. Thirty three percent of Americans who contract EEE die as a result of the virus. Most people who survive the disease will sustain serious brain damage as a result of brain swelling.

Had you ever heard of EEE? Does learning about this virus make you concerned for your safety this summer?

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Mosquito Protection Tips | Magic Pest Control

Mosquito Protection Tips | Magic Pest Control

Many people may connect the height of mosquito season, occurring in the summer through early fall, to the irksomely itchy welts that accompany mosquito bites. But, there are far worse associations to make with these blood-sucking pests, such as the health threats they pose to humans in their daily lives—even in their own backyards. To help protect the community against mosquito-related health risks, Magic Pest Control is reminding the public about threatening mosquito-borne diseases as well as prevention tips to avoid bites.

Thanks to professional pest control there are certain serious, and sometimes even deadly, mosquito-transmitted illnesses, such as malaria, that we rarely see in the U.S. But, the public should remember that there are still harmful diseases including the Zika, West Nile and chikungunya viruses present in the U.S. that can be transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. In order to protect against these health threats, knowledge about each disease and general mosquito prevention is key.

The main ways to avoid mosquito bites and better protect against mosquito-transmitted diseases include:

  • Applying insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon-eucalyptus or IR3535 when outdoors and use as directed on the product label. Apply repellant over top of sunscreen, and reapply every four to six hours.
  • Minimizing outside activity between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, though it is important to note that mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya are active throughout the day.
  • Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes when outdoors.
  • Eliminating areas of standing water around the home including clogged gutters, birdbaths, flower pots, tires and kiddie pools or untreated pools. Mosquitoes need only half an inch of water to breed.
  • Screening windows and doors, and patching torn screens.

How To Prevent Mosquito Illness

How To Prevent Mosquito Illness

Monsoon season is not over yet, and the mosquitoes are just beginning to become bothersome. But, mosquitoes are more than bothersome, they can be quite dangerous.

From the Zika Virus to the West Nile Virus to more common illnesses, mosquitoes can carry all sorts of dangerous diseases.

Did you know that Magic Pest Control does mosquito fogging? Keep mosquitoes away from your home, pets and family by having a pest control expert come out and fog for mosquitoes. There is no better way to keep mosquitoes away from your family.

While mosquitoes carrying fatal diseases are not incredibly common, there is still a high percentage of Arizona mosquitoes that can be extremely dangerous, particularly to children and seniors.

To help prevent mosquitoes and mosquito bites:

  • Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Check for items outside the home that collect water, such as cans, bottles, jars, buckets, old tires, drums and other containers and get rid of them.
  • Change water in flower vases, birdbaths, planters, troughs, and animal watering pans at least twice a week. Be sure to scrub them out when changing water.
  • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets, and move air conditioner drain hoses frequently to prevent standing water.
  • If you have a swimming pool, keep it operational. If you must keep it out of use, make sure you remove the standing water, keep it chlorinated, or run the filter daily.
  • Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite. Take extra care to use insect repellent and protective clothing. When outdoors, use an EPA-registered and CDC approved insect repellent.
  • Keep mosquitoes outside by having well-fitting screens on both windows and doors.

If you have mosquitoes at your home, the best thing you can do is give Magic Pest Control a call. We’ll take care of those mosquitoes for you!

Is Your Yard a Breeding Ground for Mosquitoes?

You yard might be infested with mosquito eggs right now, and you’d have no idea. Your neighbor’s yard, or your neighborhood green belt might be infested with mosquito eggs right now, all waiting to hatch and invade your property.

Mosquitoes are resilient creatures, having been around since before the dawn of man (remember the movie Jurassic Park). They are not only resilient, the amazing monsoon season we’ve seen here in Arizona these past two months has made conditions ripe for a mosquito invasion.

With hot and humid temperatures, combined with an enormous amount of rain and soil that seems to remain damp for days on end, mosquitoes are breeding like there’s no tomorrow.

Mosquitoes need water to breed. They need standing water, or in some cases moist soil, to lay their eggs. Mosquitoes need humid environments to keep those eggs healthy. A mosquito life cycle has four stages, all of which depend on water and food.

If you have any standing water around your home, you can apply larvicide and treat the area, although it’s best to call in a pest control expert to do it for you.

Mosquitoes can live up to 8 months, as long as they survive hungry birds and swatting hands. During that time they’ll continue to breed and lay eggs if the environment is right…like right now.

Here are some ways to control mosquitoes around your home:

  • Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your property.
  • Empty standing water from used or discarded tires (pdf) that may have accumulated on your property (e.g. tire swings).
  • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left out of doors.
  • Clean clogged roof gutters on an annual basis, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains.
  • Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
  • Turn over wheelbarrows and do not allow water to stagnate in birdbaths.
  • Change water in birdbaths and wading pools on a weekly basis.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. Be aware that mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

If your mosquito problem is beyond control, call in the Magic Pest Control experts. We now fog for mosquitoes!

DIY Mosquito Repellent: Keep Mosquitoes Away This Season

DIY Mosquito Repellent: Keep Mosquitoes Away This Season

We’ve gotten a lot of rain this monsoon season, and the mosquitoes are out in full force. Technically, it’s not even mosquito season yet, but the rain and the pretty extreme humidity has made the Arizona valley a breeding ground for mosquitoes…quite literally.

Did you know that Magic Pest Control does mosquito fogging? Yes, we have to tools to keep mosquitoes out of your yard and away from your home.

But for today’s blog, we thought we’d give you some DIY ways to keep mosquitoes away from your property, pets and loved ones.

Get Rid of Stagnant Water: After a rain, it’s common to have puddles of stagnant water around the yard. But this is what calls to mosquitoes. This is exactly what mosquitoes need to survive and multiply. Stagnant, standing puddles of water near or around your Phoenix home will attract thousands of mosquitoes who will multiply quickly. If you have any standing water around your home or in your Phoenix yard, get rid of it.

Natural Repellents: There are certain scents and plants that mosquitoes tend to avoid. Citronella candles can partially do the trick, but better yet is to get citronella plants. They secrete a scent that mosquitoes avoid. Lavender also keeps mosquitoes away. So planting planting lavender might be a good idea.

BBQ Party: If you have people coming over this weekend and want some additional DIY ideas to keep mosquitoes away from your Phoenix home, consider tossing some rosemary on the BBQ. As with citronella and lavender, mosquitoes hate the scent of rosemary. Toss some on the bbq before and during your outdoor party, and the mosquitoes will stay away.

Add Some Garlic: In my family, we can never have enough garlic. It’s not only great for your body, it’s also great for your Phoenix home as a repellent to mosquitoes. So toss some more on that burger on the BBQ!

Mosquito Traps: While not as effective as having Magic Pest Control professionals come out and fog your property, mosquito traps can be useful for containing your mosquito problem.

The best solution to get rid of mosquitoes this time of year is to call Magic Pest Control and have us come out to fog.

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Record Mosquitos in Arizona

Record Mosquitos in Arizona

According to surveys, Arizona is having record numbers of mosquitos in Maricopa due to the heavy rains.

Maricopa County officials say they have received more than 10,000 complaints this year, which is almost double the rate for 2013, the Associated Press reports.

“We’ve been seeing a lot of mosquitoes, a majority of them are floodwater mosquitoes. Those are the ones that have been generating most of the calls,” said County Environmental Services Department spokesman Johnny Dilone.

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