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If You Have A Certain Blood Type, Mosquitoes May Like You More

It turns out that not all humans are created equal when it comes to mosquito attraction. Certain blood types mosquitoes love more, so you may be a bigger target than the average joe. You’ve probably noticed this if you’re the person who gets covered in red itchy bites at a barbecue while your companions get off scot-free. Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do about this tendency to be attacked by mosquitoes, because it boils down to genetics.
Approximately 20 percent of people are especially attractive to mosquitoes and therefore get bitten more often than others. There are a number of genetic factors that influence this, and one of the major variables is blood type. Since female mosquitoes need our blood to produce eggs, it makes sense that they have a preference about what kind of blood they drink.

Blood Types Mosquitoes Love Most
According to a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology, here’s how the blood types stack up:
Type O: The study found that people with Type O blood have mosquitoes land on them the most frequently, making it the most popular blood type.
Type B: Type B came in second, somewhere between Type O and Type A in popularity.
Type A: Type A was the least popular blood type, so those with Type A are half as likely to be bitten than those with Type O.
In addition, 85 percent of people excrete a chemical that lets mosquitoes know what type of blood they have. These people are more attractive to mosquitoes than the other 15 percent—regardless of blood type.
Blood type isn’t the only factor that influences how much mosquitoes like you. Other genetic risk factors include:
Genetic reasons why you are more attractive to mosquitoes
Certain chemicals produced by your skin. Lactic acid, for example, attracts mosquitoes.
Your metabolic rate, or how much carbon dioxide (CO2) your body releases. Mosquitoes detect their next blood meal using CO2, so they are drawn to those who release more of the gas, including pregnant women and larger individuals.
The amount of bacteria on your skin. Large amounts of a few types of bacteria make your skin tastier to mosquitoes.
Of course, there are other non-genetic factors that are thought to determine how attractive you are to a mosquito. If possible, try to avoid these habits when mosquitoes are around:
Environmental factors that attract mosquitoes
Drinking beer, which raises your metabolic rate and body temperature.
Exercising, which raises your metabolic rate, increases your body temperature, and releases lactic acid.
Sweating, which produces octenol, a chemical that attracts mosquitoes.
Wearing dark clothing.
Unfortunately, if you’re a larger individual with Type O blood who sweats a lot and produces lactic acid, you are simply more prone to mosquito bites. While you can’t change your chemical makeup or your blood type, you can take precautions to protect yourself against mosquitoes. Apply DEET-based repellents and wear light-colored, protective clothing when outside.
To keep mosquitoes from bugging you in your own backyard, contact DC Mosquito Squad today. We provide effective solutions to keep the mosquitoes at bay to evict unwanted pests and help you stay itch-free.

Severe Summer Weather and Mosquitoes

Severe weather in the spring and summer is a concern every year in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. Thunderstorms that bring lightning and tornadoes always need to be watched. Heavy rain producing flash floods is also a concern for damage to homes and travel.

Keeping up with severe weather in your busy life

Our lives are busy with jobs, kids, family responsibilities and volunteer commitments. Keeping up with how the weather will influence our outdoor activities and living spaces can be tough sometimes. Fortunately, technology has offered us ways of keeping us informed. Instead of having to take time to search for the weather conditions and how it will impact you. There are website services, like SouthEastWxAlerts. SouthEastWxAlerts offers:

*Notice of adverse weather condition (Up To 5 Days Before)
*Alerts sent via text for tornado, Hail, Wind, Flood, Hurricane. Ice, Snow, Drought, Frost, Freeze, Fire Weather, and many more…
*Daily Personal Forecasts sent out at 6pm for next day’s weather and includes the High & Low and if precipitation is expected. These forecasts will be sent 365 times per year or once per day
*Also, you will get custom weather maps for the alerts shown above

A great tool when you do not have the time to constantly search and look for what the weather is going to do. Check this web service out, if you are interested up to minute information and notices for impending severe weather issues in your area.

How does severe summer weather impact mosquitoes?

On a smaller scale, this type of weather can also impact the mosquito population in your backyard and the number of bites you may receive. Severe storms bring a great deal of rain sometimes.

This can create many areas of standing water in and around your property. This, in turn, provides many potential places for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs and produce more adult mosquitoes to be a nuisance or even a danger to you. If a female mosquito carries a disease like Lyme Disease or Zika, she will pass it to all of her offspring. Hundreds with each new generation.

Mosquito Squad is the authority in mosquito elimination around your property. We will treat standing water to stop the breeding, in addition to eliminating the adults. Providing a bite free environment in your outdoor living areas.

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The Latest on Zika and What to Expect

Mosquito Squad had the great pleasure to see and hear Dr. Tim Lane speak at Rotary in Greensboro on what we can expect with the Zika virus in the near future. ​Dr. Timothy W. Lane, MD is emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and for twenty years was the Chief of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Cone Health System in Greensboro, NC. He began the first infectious diseases consulting program in Greensboro in 1978. Over the past two decades, Dr. Lane served as hospital epidemiologist for the Cone Health System, a multi-campus system with over 1200 beds that includes the 550 bed Moses Cone Hospital, a tertiary care community-teaching hospital.

Dr. Lane discussed the history and reasons Zika has made a substantial presence in South and Central America, and the Carribean regions. The Zika virus was first discovered 69 years ago in primates in Uganda, but was obviously around but never detected for many years. The virus is most active in the tropics and sub tropics where 2/3 of worlds population live. Because of the prevalence of mosquitoes in these areas, the transmission of the virus by mosquito bites is by far the number one way the virus spreads. It is transmitted mostly by the Aedes Aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes. These mosquitoes are present in Eastern and Southeastern United States, which is the concern for it becoming more of a health concern in our area.

The symptoms of the virus in full force on the human body are a fever of 102-103 degrees, severe body aches, and a rash. The virus itself is rarely deadly but can cause severe prolonged health issues such as Microcephaly (small head and brain size in newborns) and Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome in older adults.

It can also be transmitted by sex. Men can carry the virus without knowing in testes for up to 3 months. Since 80% of the people who contract the virus only have minor symptoms, they may get a mosquito bite and not be aware they are carrying the infection. It is suggested men that travel to the tropics have protected sex for 6 months after their return.

Dr. Lane states that 5-10% of pregnant woman infected with Zika transmit the virus to their babies. Of those infected babies, 50% will be afflicted with microcephaly. Some will show more severe symptoms of small head and brain size and because of that can have life long mental and brain function issues.

According to Dr. Lane, there are possible vaccines in development. They will start human testing in the regions most affected starting in the Spring 2017, and expand the testing to larger populations if those results are promising. This testing and approval of the vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration is a lengthy process. The best case scenario has a working vaccine in place in 2 years, according to Dr. Lane.

What happens in the U.S. with the spread of Zika remains unclear. It is possible, but not certain, that we may see more cases. While there are several cases in the U.S. of Zika, only a very few in Florida are the result of transmission by mosquito bites that occurred in Florida. Most cases have been brought in from people that have traveled outside of the U.S. If you are concerned of the possible transmission of this virus and others by mosquitoes, you can look at mosquitosquad.com for tips and advice on how to prevent the spread of mosquitoes on your personal property.

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It’s Time to Enjoy your Backyard Again!

Sick of slapping annoying mosquitoes when you are tying to enjoy a nice summer evening in the backyard? Tired of getting mosquito bites (you and your guests) when you
just want to enjoy a grilled outdoor dinner? If the answer to these questions is yes, have Mosquito Squad come in to can save the day, or evening as this case may be!

Concerns about protecting your kids, pets, family or friends from bites and disease, can be alleviated with a Mosquito Squad barrier spray program. Mosquito Sqaud has a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. We come treat your property every 21 days, offering a 90% mosquito elimination.

We want you to be able to enjoy a nice outdoor party in the backyard with friends or a summer BBQ with your family. Summer is the time for enjoying those simple pleasures of life­ with good friends, good food and a good time. Don’t let mosquitoes and other biting insects ruin that.


Call us at 336-­793-­8463. We are thrilled to come and treat your property to have it mosquito free as soon as possible. Sick of those pesky and dangerous mosquitoes being on your property? Enjoy your backyard today. Give the authority in backyard mosquito control a
call! We look forward to helping you get your yard mosquito free.

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While the current Zika Virus epidemics in the world are mostly being advanced by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, scientists are studying which other mosquito species are able to transmit the virus. They have confirmed the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito as a vector, but there are many more mosquito species still in question. With nearly 3,000 types of mosquitoes throughout the world, North Carolina is home to over 60 different kinds. And with 10-15 species that affect people and pets, we may be more susceptible to Zika virus exposure than we think.

The Trouble with Identification

The Zika Virus is a prolific and dangerous mosquito-borne disease in that it can be transmitted from human to mosquito, and mosquitoes can reproduce, passing on the virus to their offspring, at an exponential rate. Like malaria, this can cause a fast spreading regional epidemic. With international travel being what it is today (especially if we find other mosquito species capable of carrying Zika), all it takes is a few travelers bringing Zika to the U.S. to cause a rapid regional spread of disease. More research is being done. The onset of mosquito season will determine what may or may not happen in North Carolina. We will continue to share with you any new information.

Can the Zika Virus be Found in the Culex Mosquito?

Researchers in Brazil have discovered mosquitoes from the Culex family are capable of being infected and carrying the Zika virus. The Culex family is more prevalent in the United States and the world. These scientists say the mosquitoes can also reproduce Zika in the salivary glands which is necessary for being able to transmit the virus to people.

What Comes Next?

We wait for additional research to discover if the Culex mosquito is becoming infected with the Zika virus in nature. If they are determined to be a vector for Zika, the mosquito control methods being employed by government and world agencies may need to be altered. The difference in mosquito behavior in the environment is key to eliminating mosquitoes and slowing the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses. While the currently known vectors in the Aedes family are aggressive day feeders that like fresh water, the Culex family feed at dawn & dusk and primarily like stagnate or sewage water. What does this mean? This means Colombia and Brazil may start using bed nets to slow the spread of Zika by Culex mosquitoes. It also means they will have to begin treating sewage water with a larvicide as well as the treatment of clean standing water.

The Culex mosquito is not the only family of mosquito species we need to worry about. It is evidence of what ongoing research may still find out about the next breed researched. We want you and your family to stay protected. If you are interested in receiving mosquito treatments this summer, please give us a call. We are happy to help in any way we can. 336-793-8463 or email us at [email protected]

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What could be better than combining mosquito awareness education and mosquito surveillance? The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a program to offer better insights into where specific mosquito species breed and are found. In doing so, a map has been created for tracking and providing information about mosquito hot-spots. The Invasive Mosquito Control Project will show researchers and mosquito controllers how to respond when a large threat is present in a certain area. Mosquito repelling at its best.

Better Data Makes Mosquito Control

Currently, there is not accurate centralized data for where disease-spreading mosquito breeds are present in the U.S. While there is some local surveillance, the CDC’s national maps only show the POSSIBLE spread of mosquitoes. The CDC maps are based on historical data, recent research, and surveys. While it used to cost up to $150 or more per night to send USDA employees out to set mosquito traps, the new Invasive Mosquito Project will gather more data for a fraction of the price. The solution? Including students in the process.

Recruiting Students & Student Groups

By creating a program that involves schools, garden clubs, and Boy Scout troops, the USDA can gain information while students learn about mosquitoes and the importance of mosquito control. Coordinated by Kansas-based entomologist, Lee Conhnstaedt, the idea of gathering data in a budget conscious way has transformed into an educational opportunity. His hopes are to gain participation from 1/5 of U.S. schools, making mosquito surveys a common practice long-term.

Students set traps using brown paper towels, dark-colored party cups, and water. After a week, they collect the towels and examine them for eggs. After verifying their findings with the USDA, local researchers or mosquito control officials upload their results to the project’s website. The website is meant to give the public much-needed information for mosquito-borne disease prevention- especially important because mosquitoes spread many dangerous diseases including West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, Triple E and Malaria. This could possibly catapult an effective and natural way to eliminate mosquitoes. Learning more about these creatures might not directly kill mosquitos, but it will teach us more about their lifecycle in order to keep us protected from mosquitos.

If you are interested in receiving mosquito treatments at your home and backyard, please give Mosquito Squad a call at 336-793-8463. We are happy to get you set up over the phone or email us at [email protected]

The Zika Mosquito Presence In North Carolina

With the present Zika Virus epidemics in the world being advanced by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, scientists are researching to figure out which other mosquito species are capable of carrying and transmitting the virus. The CDC has confirmed that the Aedes Albopictus (Asian Tiger) mosquito is a vector, but there are a great deal more mosquito species still in question. With 28 mosquito species in North Carolina, we may be at greater risk for Zika.

The Zika Virus is an especially dangerous mosquito-borne disease in that it can be transmitted from people to mosquito. Like malaria, this can create a fast spreading epidemic. With world-travel being what it is today all it will take is a few travelers bringing Zika to the U.S. during mosquito season to cause a rapid spread of the disease.

Stay tuned to Mosquito Squad as information is released by governmental agencies, or for protection for your family from these creatures.

Mosquitoes Are Dangerous

What is the biggest killer on earth? Mosquitoes cause one million deaths each year.

According to the World Health Organization, mosquito bites result in the deaths of more than 1 million people every year. The majority of these deaths are due to malaria.

In addition to malaria, mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus, Zika virus, and dengue fever. West Nile is a disease the insects pick up from infected birds. It affects the nervous system and, like malaria, can be very serious in people with lowered immune systems. The virus became prevalent for the first time in the eastern United States around 1999 [source: CDC]. As with malaria, the best way to avoid West Nile is to protect yourself from mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes also carry dengue fever, which causes a rash and extreme muscle and joint pain. It can be fatal if not treated properly. Zika virus is similar to dengue, except that in 2015 it was linked to birth defects.

Mosquitoes also cause these diseases:

For protection options for your family, call Mosquito Squad at 336-793-8463.

Mosquitoes are Dangerous

Lyme Disease - An Increasing Threat

Lyme disease is becoming and ever increasing threat in the United States according to Journal of Medical Entomolgy . The disease is a vector borne disease carried by the deer tick (black legged tick). Here are some quick facts from the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society about ticks and lyme disease:

  • Lyme disease is the quickest growing vector borne illness in the US
  • The number of reported cases has increased 25 times since 1982
  • Fewer than 50% of lyme disease patients can remember a tick bite
  • Fewer than 50% of those affected recall a lyme disease related rash
  • 40% of lyme disease patients will have long term health problems
  • 40% of lyme disease patients will relapse
  • There is no accurate test to see if lyme disease is eradicated in a person

    Let the authorities at Mosquito Squad protect your families and pets from the bites of ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. Professional mosquito and tick control backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee!!

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  • Tick-Borne Diseases Are Spreading Fast

    When you were a kid, you probably remember ticks being ugly and gross. Ticks were a big nuisance, if they attached themselves to you or your pet, but you probably do not remember being scared that they carried a serious, life threatening disease. That is because mostly they didn’t. The reports in the US of tick-borne disease has doubled since 2003 and tripled since 1995. Some of this is due to better science, awareness, and detection. But ticks are spreading. They are becoming more abundant and a much higher percentage of them are carrying diseases and scientists are not exactly sure why.

    There are more than 14 different diseases that ticks in the US can carry. While mosquitoes are the most dangerous vectors of disease in the world, ticks are the most significant vectors of infectious diseases in the United States. This is because the United States has been able to eradicate many of the dangerous diseases that mosquitoes carry, but the diseases associated with ticks are becoming a fast growing problem.

    The four most common illnesses transmitted by ticks in North Carolina are Rock Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and STARI.

    All of these diseases have similar flu like symptoms and are frequently associated with a rash. Many times, though, a rash is not present and the disease goes undiagnosed because the person infected thinks they just have a bad cold or the flu. It is not until these symptoms persist and worsen that the infected individual seeks professional medical help.

    Pets, too, can suffer from the dangers that come with a tick bite. Many of the illnesses that ticks can bring to humans also effect our four legged friends as well.

    These are diseases can be just as serious and life threatening to our pets as they are to humans. There are some steps you can take at home and business properties to help control the tick population. Mosquito Squad call these tips the 6C’s:

  • Clean out yard debris
  • Clean leaf litter
  • Choose plants that deer hate
  • Check tick hiding places
  • Care for pets with tick collars
  • Call the pros for barrier treatments that offer tick control

    Having an authority like Mosquito Squad come and treat your property to eliminate ticks helps to remove that worry of disease these nasty pests can bring. Call Mosquito Squad at 336.617.5268 for questions and information about our tick control services.

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  • Mosquito Squad for Christmas

    Looking for an awesome gift for the Holidays? Want something that will get the entire family together, provide outdoor fun, and make entertaining a blast? Look no further than a summer of mosquito, tick and flea control from Mosquito Squad. With one call to Mosquito Squad, and our crack team of technicians (think of them as summer elves) will eliminate mosquitoes from your home or business.

    Think of all the good summer fun…kids enjoying the backyard, reading your favorite book outside, and hosting your friends around the grill.

    Give us a call today to secure the best values of the season, and receive a stocking-suffer, gift certificate—proof there is a Santa Clause.

    No bugs, No bites, No kidding.

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    How does a mosquito survive the extreme cold temperatures?

    We have just had 8" of snow here in the Triad and the temperatures have been in the single digits. People every winter ask us why, when temperatures get very cold and the ground freezes, doesn’t this extreme cold eliminate all the mosquitoes?

    The truth is is that only severe cold, for long sustained periods of time will kill all mosquitoes and their eggs. North Carolina is too far South to keep the daily high daily temperatures below freezing for more than just a couple of days.

    Mosquito in the Snow

    To deal with the cold that will kill an adult mosquito, female mosquitoes lay their drought-resistant eggs in protected areas. The eggs are resistant to the cold and being frozen. They lie in wait for extended daylight, warmer temperatures, and the presence of standing water that will come with the thaw of Spring temperatures.

    Adults can survive the winter, too, in the right situations. The northern house mosquito uses a hibernation system known as diapause . After fall mating, females consume nectar (instead of blood) to build reserves of fat. This will keep them through the winter months They look for basements or eaves of buildings, sewers, logs, or holes in the ground. Place that will not completely freeze, in which to keep themselves protected in the winter.

    So when the weather warms in the Spring, take these steps to control mosquitoes in your backyard. 5T’s from Mosquito Squad

    • Tip the water from standing pots.
    • Toss out trash and leaves that create moist spots.
    • Tarps need to be tight over firewood or boats.
    • Turn over toys, canoes, or items.
    • Treat your backyard, if these other measures fail to control these itchy, and nasty pests.

    For advice or questions on how to control mosquitoes, ticks and fleas on your home or business property. Call Mosquito Squad at 336.617.5268 – the authority in providing a bite free outdoor environment.

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    Triad of North Carolina (June 6, 2016) – It’s not a good week to be a mosquito June 26 – July 2. Those seven summer days have been declared “National Mosquito Control Awareness Week” by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA)

    Mosquito Squad, the local authority in the Triad of North Carolina, is offering strategies to help Americans enjoy outdoor living. Matt Beam of Mosquito Squad (BS Biology, University of North Carolina) recommends the following five tips for mosquito control:

    1. TIP. Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s
    sandboxes, wagons or toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls. Other hot spots include
    tarps, gutters, drains and flat roofs.

    2. TOSS. Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from outdoor areas.

    3. TURN. Turn over larger items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys, wheelbarrows, and yard tools.

    4. REMOVE TARPS. If tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment are not completely taut, they are holding water.

    5. TREAT. Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at
    home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug repellant on your body. Mosquito Squad’s eliminates up to 90% of the mosquitos on a property. While generally just a nuisance, mosquitos and ticks can
    carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly
    300,000 Americans have been sickened with West Nile Virus since it arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago.

    For additional tips and information, visit www.mosquitosquad.com.

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    Mosquito Infections You Need To Know About In the Triad NC Area

    Mosquitoes bring nasty and sometimes dangerous
    infections with them. The little biters are found in
    every state in the US, from Alaska to Florida.
    Worldwide, they thrive in every climate whether
    hot or cold. Their infections involve either viruses
    or parasites. In North Carolina, mosquito viruses affect us and our pets.
    Pets are impacted by parasites that can cause heartworm.

    West Nile Virus (WNV) is the mosquito virus we’ve heard the most about
    in our area. It is transmitted to mosquitoes from infected birds. Once mosquitoes
    are found with West Nile in an area, it’s usually just a matter of
    time before human cases will begin occurring. Mosquitoes can transmit
    WNV to horses also. About 20% of us who are infected with WNV will
    develop symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain and
    diarrhea. Of the 20% with symptoms, the virus will be lethal for 10%,
    or one in 1,500.

    Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE, is a disease more common to horses.
    A vaccine is available for horses, but unfortunately, not for humans. Although
    humans rarely contract EEE, it does sometimes occur. When contracted,
    1 in 3 people will die from EEE. Fever, headaches, irritability,
    restlessness, drowsiness, vomiting, and convulsions are all signs of
    an EEE infection.

    La Crosse Encephalitis (LCAV) has been reported in North Carolina but
    not very often. Symptoms usually occur 5 to 15 days after infection and will
    last 2 to 3 days. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, and
    fatigue. Children under 16 years of age are most at risk for serious
    complications but the numbers of cases are rare in our state.

    Chikungunya virus has been in the news a lot in 2014 and 2015. The first case in the Western Hemisphere occurred in the Caribbean, December 2013. There were more than 100,000 cases, including more than 600 in the US from returning travelers who acquired it outside the US. identified in africa, chikungunya is now common in southeast asia, the indian and pacific ocean regions and the caribbean. symptoms usually begin 3-7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. the most common symptoms are fever and joint pain. there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya. symptoms can be severe and debilitating, nut not necessarily lethal.

    Chikungunya Virus Outbreaks

    Dengue fever and yellow fever have been seen in outbreaks in the us
    but are not common and have occurred very infrequently.
    since many of these diseases are encephalitis-causing viruses, they share
    the symptoms of headache, fever, tiredness and joint pain. if you
    experience any of these flu-like symptoms during summer months in nc
    and have been outdoors, you should consider the possibility you have
    contracted a mosquito-borne infection. in many cases, the symptoms
    will subside. if you are over 65 or under 16 years of age, have
    hypertension, diabetes, are receiving treatment for another disease,
    you should consider contacting your physician to discuss your

    The best way to prevent a mosquito-borne infection is to prevent being
    bitten. One way you can do that while outdoors in your yard is to use a barrier
    spray. Call the authority in mosquito, tick and flea control at Mosquito Squad.

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    "SPLAT" a Mosquito Control Guide

    Mosquito Squad eliminates mosquitoes in your outdoor living areas.

    Mosquito Squad specializes in the elimination of mosquitoes from your outdoor living areas. But whether you use our services here in the Triad of North Carolina or somewhere else, controlling mosquitoes is an important issue for many people. Besides the nuisance that these insects cause, there are serious diseases and illnesses that come from their bites.

    This article is a reference to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system we call SPLAT. It is an effective system that will control mosquitoes. Remember, the goal is to significantly reduce the unwanted mosquitoes while respecting the environment at the same time.

    Source Reduction—Inspect your property and make a note potential breeding sites. TIP over, TOSS out, FILL in, or DRAIN any site you discover. Remove trash and containers that my accumulate standing water—remember it only takes a small amount of water to provide an environment for mosquitoes to breed.

    Public (consumer) Awareness—research about mosquitoes and their habitats. There are articles across the web. Knowledge is power when it comes to controlling these pests.

    Larvicide—utilize larvicides (stops the life cycle of the mosquito and other insects at the larvae stage) to keep mosquitoes from becoming adults. Remember it is only the adult females that bite humans, but this stops the life cycle before they become adults. Benign larvicides can be added to standing water—many last over 100 days.

    Adulticide—Foggers and misters are available in home stores. These are somewhat effective in eliminating adult mosquitoes. Sometimes this is adequate. However, to further reduce the adult population, you may need a professional with the authority, knowledge and access to control mosquitoes on your property.

    Timing—mosquitoes live in cycles. From the egg, to larva, through pupa, and finally adult there is a life-cycle that is affected by habitat and weather. Knowing about this and breaking this life cycle with the above recommendations is an important part of any IPM.

    Try SPLAT yourself. If you have comments or questions we encourage you to contact us at Mosquito Squad.

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    Easy Tips That Help Control Mosquitoes on Your Property

    Here at Mosquito Squad, we treat homes for mosquitoes. Living in the Triad of North Carolina, we see many homes that are perfect havens for mosquitoes. This is a list of a few easy tips for controlling your outdoor living space by reducing the places where mosquitoes breed and live.

    Turn over the buckets, wagons, and remove toys that can retain standing water—particularly around your pool, garden, and outdoor living places.

    Cover all garbage cans with lids that fit snug.

    If you have a man made pond, stock your pond with some fish that will eat the mosquito larvae.

    Keep trim bushes, shrubs, and vines that touch or overhang your property.

    Rake and remove piles of leaves or brush that can collect even small bottle cap size pools of water.

    Make sure any tarps on the property are taut, so they cannot collect standing water.

    These easy tips can reduce the number of mosquitoes around your property.
    Mosquito Squad Can Help You Reduce Mosquitoes.

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    Mosquito Squad Commits to Saving Children with Malaria No More


    Every minute a child dies from Malaria.

    In the time that you started reading this, another child in Africa has died from Malaria – the disease that’s one of the top 3 killers of children worldwide. These statistics are even harder to fathom given that Malaria has been was completely eradicated in the United States for over 60 years. Mosquito Squad is committed to helping fight Malaria deaths worldwide. At Mosquito Squad of the Triad, we’re fighting the bite in Africa in addition to on the home front here in the Triad NC area. Over the past 3 years, Mosquito Squad’s efforts have saved nearly 100,000 lives and we are committed to continuing and growing our effort. We are committed to a three-year initiative to save 250,000 lives over the next 3 years. Here’s how we’re going to do it. Mosquito Squad of the Triad is committed to supporting Malaria No More – One Child at a Time.

    Mosquito Squad is a proud supporter of the Malaria No More organization – an organization committed to fighting Malaria through a couple key solutions::

    • Diagnosis

    • Treatment

    • Mosquito Nets

    With just one dollar, Malaria No More can provide a test and treatment process that will successfully diagnose and treat one person for Malaria. The treatment regimen includes the test and a set of 6 pills to cure that person of Malaria. In addition to the diagnosis and the treatment, Malaria No More distributes permethrin-treated bed nets as evening dawn and dusk is the prime mosquito feeding time.

    Join us in fighting the mosquito bite both locally and abroad as we proudly support this effort. Locally we can protect you, your family, your pets, and your guests from getting bitten in your yard. Our effective barrier spray creates an invisible barrier around your yard to protect from mosquitoes, ticks and other insects. Our season-long protection program includes treating your property every couple weeks throughout the spring and summer. Mosquito Squad is the authority in outdoor pest control. Utilize us to successfully treat and rid your yard and home of mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas. Call us today for a free quote. (336) 617 – 5268 or email Triad@MosquitoSquad.com. Visit our Mosquito Squad of the Triad website to learn more about our services.

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    Your Safety and Convenience Comes First With Mosquito Squad

    Your friends probably know to call you when they want to visit and so does your family – well, perhaps, almost all of them! Maybe even today, when your doorbell rings without warning, your first thought is who is at your door. When you have service with Mosquito Squad, you never have to wonder if it is one of our technicians. We will let you know in advance when we are going to come to your door.

    Our trucks in the Triad-area always have graphics on them letting you know Mosquito Squad is at your home to provide the service(s) you requested. In addition, our technicians always have logo apparel that identifies them as Mosquito Squad employees.

    Customers tell us frequently how well we communicate. We do this by:

  • Emailing you the day before your scheduled service
  • We give you a 2 hour window of service time
  • Leaving a work order at your property when we are finished
  • Email follow up to make sure everything meets your satisfaction.

    Our Triad-area customers appreciate the length we go to in keeping them informed. We think all services to homeowners should be delivered this way. We understand security is a growing concern for everyone. You want us to protect your home and property from mosquitoes. You also want your family and pets protected when we perform this service. We understand. This is why we communicate to you before, during and after our service and why we take extra care to protect people and pets with every treatment.

    In addition, all of our work is 100% guaranteed to satisfaction. If you are not completely satisfied with your Mosquito Squad service, contact us for another visit at no additional charge or a refund of any treatments not yet completed.

    We are the authority in controlling mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas in order to provide you the best protection from nuisance and diseases they carry. We believe the services we provide are the best in keeping your family and pets safe. That safety involves not only the products we use but also in the manner in which we deliver our products and our services.

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  • Mosquito Squad FAQ's

    Here at Mosquito Squad of the Triad, we are really great at listening to your questions and problems about mosquito control for your property. People researching mosquito control for their property find our product fresh and innovative. For those that have not used us before, here is a list of the most common questions:

    How does Mosquito Squad control Mosquitoes?

    During your first treatment, our technicians inspect your property and treat standing water, a potential mosquito breeding site, with a larvacide. This stops the life cycle of the mosquito at the larvae stage, so they cannot become adults. Then our technicians will treat the yard to eliminate any adult mosquitoes currently on your property. This also builds a barrier against any mosquitoes that enter your yard after treatment from other areas. A technician will then return to your property approximately every 2or 3 weeks to maintain the barrier.

    What do you treat?

    Mosquito Squad’s trained technicians treat areas where mosquitoes feed and harbor. We treat the surfaces under the leaves of shrubbery, gardens, underneath decks, along fences and the foundations of houses, tall grasses and low hanging vegetation. Not only are our technicians trained in accordance with local and state requirements, but we have a in-house program educates them on conditions and situations that are specific to mosquito breeding. Due to this specific training, they are experts in mosquito control.

    Does it really work?

    Yes it does, and we guarantee it. While no service can offer 100 percent protection from every mosquito, you should notice an enormous reduction of about 90 percent in the mosquito population in your yard. If you don’t experience this reduction and are not completely satisfied, we come out for another visit at no charge to you. If you are still not satisfied, we will gladly refund your money.

    How long does a treatment last?

    Each Mosquito Squad treatment lasts for approximately 21 days. Our technicians focus on the areas where mosquitoes feed, breed and rest. When they attempt to rest on treated surfaces, the residual product of the treatment eliminates them.

    What if it rains right after my treatment?

    Targeted surfaces are the underside of leaves and shaded areas; these tend to be protected from the rain. Additionally, when the product has dried (30 minutes) rainwater do not easily wash away the product. If it begins raining before your treatment has dried, and you notice it not being effective, please call us and we will come out for another visit at no additional cost to you.

    If I have my yard treated, but my neighbor does not, does it still work?

    Yes! Mosquitoes do not respect fences or property lines, but our treatment creates an invisible barrier around your property that eliminates mosquitoes that come into your property from other areas.Sometimes a mosquito might fly into your yard and bite you before feeding or resting on the treated surfaces. Other than that rare bite, you will find that the number of mosquitoes is greatly reduced.

    What are the chemicals you use? Are they safe?

    All products used by Mosquito Squad are used according to the label and are registered with the EPA. We are licensed in North Carolina to properly use them. The class of products can be found in many household products like head lice shampoos, pet flea and tick treatments, and many agricultural applications such as standard treatments for fruit and ornamental plants.

    Is this an organic product?

    No, the product that we use for our standard treatment is not organic, but we do offer an all-natural option. Our all-natural option confuses and repels insects by using a scent that insects find unattractive. Fortunately, our noses are not quite as sensitive, so you will detect only a mild odor that dissipates within a few hours of application. In order for the natural treatment to remain effective, treatments must occur every 14 days, as opposed to the 21- day cycle of our traditional solution.

    Is this product safe to use around kids and pets?

    We use only enough product to target a 2.5 milligram mosquito. Unlike mammals, mosquitoes lack enzymes to break down the product, which means we can use a very small amount strategically placed to achieve control of nuisance pests. It only takes a particle to contact such a small organism on a targeted surface and have an acute affect. In comparison, a small pet is about 6 kilograms (that’s 6 million milligrams or 2.4 million times as big). All we ask is that the treatment dries. Once the product is dry, it does not rub or wipe off easily, so children and pets can continue playing as they would do normally, only without becoming a mosquito’s dinner.

    Can my children play in the yard during a Mosquito Squad treatment?

    When treating a yard, we ask that the homeowner and children stay inside while we treat and for 30 minutes after the treatment is completed, which allows the product to dry. After that, they are free to enjoy their backyards and other outdoor living spaces. Quite frankly, it is no different from staying off of your lawn for a recommended period of time after a lawn treatment has been applied. We inform each homeowner of this recommendation prior to spraying and if you are not home, we leave a notice alerting you to the time and date we sprayed.

    Will Mosquito Squad treatments harm my plants?

    All Mosquito Squad treatments are designed to be as gentle as possible on organisms other than the targeted pests. Our treatment is achieved with products frequently used
    in the agricultural industry. We recommend that you treat any vegetables or herbs from your garden like you would store bought ones by washing them prior to consumption. If you would like for your vegetable and herb garden to not be treated, our technicians will take extra care to ensure that it is not treated.

    Will treatment harm beneficial insects?

    Some of Mosquito Squad’s treatments can affect other insects in addition to the targeted pests. For instance ticks, gnats, flies and fleas that are in direct contact with the spray during application, will be eliminated. However, care is taken to minimize damage to other insects. For instance, we try to avoid spraying blooming plants that attract honeybees. Once dry, the treatment should not impact insects that do not frequent the target surfaces.

    I have a fish pond, will treatment affect my fish?

    Some of Mosquito Squad’s treatments can harm aquatic life. Mosquito Squad technicians are trained to carefully treat around the pond to provide protection for your family without harming the investment you have made in your pond and fish.

    Are you licensed and insured?

    Yes, we have procured all required licenses and any necessary insurance and are happy to provide proof of either upon request. Should you wish a information regarding our licenses or insurance, please telephone us at 336.617.5268.

    How much does mosquito control cost?

    The cost of mosquito protection does vary with the size of your property and the number of seasonal treatments you purchase. We also offer a single-treatment special on your initial treatment to enable you to try our service. This initial fee can then be applied to a season-long package. Most folks that try us purchase the season after the experience the benefits of Mosquito Squad.

    Does it cost me anything to meet with a Mosquito Squad professional?

    No! We offer free estimates. Most can be done over the phone.

    Does Mosquito Squad service commercial accounts?

    You bet! We service restaurants with outdoor seating, parks, recreational facilities and many other outdoor spaces. We are happy to serve businesses, organizations, municipalities and government agencies.

    How will I know when Mosquito Squad is coming?

    Yes. We alert you the day before a scheduled treatment with a 2 hour window of service time. That should allow you plenty of time to reschedule if it is not convenient.

    Do I need to be home for the treatments?

    No. But if you have a dog it will need to be away from the area to be treated, for our safety. Gates need to be unlocked so we have complete access to your property. We will leave a notice so you know that your service has been provided.

    Should I rely on the information on MosquitoSquad.com to determine whether I have a vector-borne disease?

    Definitely not. We do not purport to be a medical authority, nor do we claim to have complete lists of symptoms, diagnostic data or treatment information. You should contact a health care professional immediately if you suspect a vector-borne disease.

    Can I tell my doctor about the information here that brought me to my suspicions?

    Definitely! Some health care professionals may not be well versed in vector-borne diseases and may benefit from the information.

    Does Mosquito Squad offer a 100% Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee?

    Your complete satisfaction is important to us. If you are not completely satisfied with your Mosquito Squad barrier spray, contact your Mosquito Squad office within 21 days of application for a re-spray at no additional charge or a refund of 100 percent of your application cost.

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    Make Sure Mosquitoes Aren’t Uninvited Guests at Your Outdoor Event

    Spring brings energy and excitement each year. After being inside all winter, we want to be outdoors doing as many fun things as we can. For brides, this often means planning an Outdoor Reception or perhaps a Garden or Lawn Wedding. Some brides will choose a wedding under a Gazebo or Canopy. It seems more and more spring, summer and autumn celebrations are being held outdoors. Your special celebration may be a milestone anniversary, birthday, graduation celebration or family reunion. Perhaps your celebration is simply a backyard get-together with friends and family. It’s just fun to be outside this time of year.

    If you are planning a wedding or special event in the Triad area, it’s important to make a list of invited guests. If your event is outdoors, you also want to make a list of “uninvited guests”. Mosquitoes should be at the top of that list. Whether a home wedding or one held at a stunning locale such as WinMock at Kinderton in Bermuda Run, you want to put on an event where guests will take away only fond memories. You don’t want them remembering how nice it was, except for…”the mosquitoes”.

    Events held at The Grandover Resort, The Gardens at Gray Gables, and Bicentennial Garden in Greensboro are all ideal outdoor locations for many special celebrations. However, anywhere an event is held in the Triad area, mosquitoes can be a bothersome. You will want to consider protecting your guests from mosquitoes in the reception and seating areas, as well as when they arrive and leave your special event.

    We all know that person who describes himself or herself as a “mosquito magnet”. Mosquitoes seem to find them more often than anyone else at outdoor events. That person may be you, a family member or a dear friend. After your celebration, you want guests remembering the exchange of vows, the dancing, the decorations and other special moments at your event. You don’t want them remembering your special moment every time they scratch a mosquito bite after they leave.

    Mosquito Squad will help you provide guests with good memories every time they talk about your special event. Our effective mosquito barrier spray will protect your guests from the time they arrive in the valet or parking area until they leave.

    How do we protect guests at the event you have spent so much time and effort planning? Mosquito Squad of the Triad provides barrier protection creating a mosquito free environment within the protected area. It’s like an invisible shield for your special area. You let us know if you want this to include under a tent or pergola. Will you be having your special day in a gazebo or on a deck? Will it be near water? All of these are no problem.

    Our event sprays are a single spray application, usually on Thursday or Friday before your weekend event. Weekday events are scheduled a day or two before your event as well. This allows the freshest protection for you and your guests. As with our regular mosquito control service, we email you the day before we spray. We will also call you when we are on our way to spray the event location.

    Our professional and trained technicians will apply our effective barrier spray to provide protection everywhere guests will be. Our spray eliminates mosquitoes and prevents them from finding your guests. Our technicians will pay special attention to those areas guests will spend the most time at the party.

    You will spend a lot of time and effort making sure everything is just right for your guests at your outdoor wedding or special celebration this spring or summer. Planning your celebration and giving guests good memories that last a lifetime is your goal. Let us help you achieve it.

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    Tick Concerns in North Carolina

    This is the time of year that concerns about ticks come to the forefront. The weather is getting warmer and wildlife, like deer and small rodents, that can carry ticks become more active after the cold winter months. We did not have that many hard freezes this past winter in North Carolina, leading many scientists and groups that track ticks and the diseases they carry to believe that 2017 may be a difficult year in dealing with these nasty and dangerous insects

    Even when the winter is severe, ticks are very adept at surviving the hard winter conditions. They can remain active in the very cold months if the ground is not frozen. Dr. Thomas Mather from the Department of Plant Sciences and Entomology at the University of Rhode Island illustrated on TickEncounter.org that deer ticks can survive underneath a blanket of snow. In very frigid conditions, ticks can hibernate like bears. They take shelter in rotten logs or underneath fallen trees to help them survive until the weather gets warm.

    There’s a new worry when it comes ticks in North Carolina because the state agency that monitored ticks and and the diseases they carry was eliminated in 2011. Ticks can transmit diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Left untreated, they can cause serious health problems and can sometimes be fatal. There is no way to know if these diseases are becoming more prominent in the tick population. That’s because the public health pest management program was eliminated as part of a budget cuts in the North Carolina State Legislature.


    How To Get Rid Of Ticks

    With tick populations starting to grow, it is time to start taking precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your pets from tick bites and the diseases they carry. Vigilance is always the best defense against ticks. Be sure that you check yourself, your kids, and your pets regularly, especially after time spent in wooded or grassy areas. Remove any attached ticks promptly because the longer a tick is attached the more likely it is to transmit a disease if it is infected. Use tick repellents during outdoor activity, especially on your shoes. And be sure to treat your yard for ticks. Most of the time you and your family spend outdoor will be in your own yard, so reduce the number of ticks in that environment by calling Mosquito Squad of the Triad. Our tick treatment program is extremely effective at eliminating ticks because it targets them two different ways – barrier spray and tick tubes.

    Mosquito Squad’s Tick & Flea package is a great solution for your family and pets against these sometimes dangerous insects. So don’t wait. Call Mosquito Squad of the Triad for a free quote today, and do something to reduce your risk of tick exposure. • 336.617.5268 •

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    Mosquitos Carry Heartworms

    What is heartworm?

    Dog heartworm is a serious and unfortunately, dangerous disease common in canines.. It is caused by a nematode (roundworm) that belongs to the family Filarii,dae. The worm, discovered in 1856 by the American parasitologist Joseph Leidy, has been given the scientific name Dirofilaria immitis. The adult worms live in the heart and large vessels of the lungs. Adult female Dirofilaria measure from 9 to 16 inches in length. The males are a little more than half as long and are characterized by the cork screw turns of the posterior end often referred to as the “pigtail.”

    Both male and female live within the chambers of’ the heart, usually extending through the valves. The worms prohibit proper valve closure as blood is pumped from one chamber to the next, seriously impairing the operation of the heart. In serious infestations the worms travel up the pulmonary artery and clog the blood vessels of the lungs. The results are loss of weight, dropsy, chronic cough, shortness of breath, muscular weakness, disturbances of vision, chronic heart failure, and eventual death.

    How does the mosquito carry heartworms?

    Adult worms living within the heart produce minute organisms known as microfilariae that circulate in the blood stream. Microfilariae, named because they are microscopic, are actually the larvae of heartworms that are incapable of reaching the adult stage without first passing through a developmental stage in the mosquito.

    Mosquitoes feeding upon an infected dog take up a number of these microfilariae with the blood meal. The freshly acquired microfilariae migrate through the digestive tract of the mosquito to the abdominal region where they undergo a transformation. Within 14 to 21 days they reach the infective stage. Then the larvae are actually miniature adults that are small enough to live within a mosquito.

    Next, they break into the body cavity of the mosquito and migrate to the mouth parts.The mosquito is now ready for its second blood meal. As the mosquito feeds upon its host, the infective larvae are passed on the skin. These small worms travel into the dog and lodge in the tissue where they remain for months. Worms that enter hosts other than canines generally die within several days.

    After they increase in size, the worms leave the tissue and enter the blood stream through the wall of a small vessel. Then they move through the blood stream and lodge into the chambers of the right side of the heart where they develop into adult heartworms. This cycle takes approximately 9 months. Remember that the microfilariae cannot complete their life cycle without first living in a mosquito. Of the millions of microfilariae that are produced by the adult worms, only a few get a chance to pass through a mosquito. The remainder circulate through the blood of a dog where they eventually die; however, they are continually being replaced with fresh microfilariae supplied by the breeding adults living in the dog’s heart.

    How do infected canines react to the disease?

    Since symptoms of dog heartworm vary considerably in different animals, a veterinarian is the only person qualified to give a diagnosis. Most dogs show the first visible indications of infection only after the illness has gotten to the point where treatment is no longer possible. Active dogs generally show a tendency to tire easily. Shortness of breath or repeated coughing are the positive signs of heartworms Hunting dogs are often no longer able to maintain the rapid pace of the chase and frequently drop from exhaustion. Jaundice, convulsions, and disturbances of vision may occur in extreme cases. Emaciation often comes before death. All dogs with adult heartworms should show some microfilarial activity in the blood system. A blood test made by a veterinarian is the only way to know for sure whether or not your dog has heartworm disease. Since microfilariae generally appear in the blood within 9 months after an infection occurs, mild cases of the disease can and should be detected and treated long before any symptoms appear.

    What can you do?

    Protecting dogs from mosquito bites may be necessary in those areas where mosquito populations are numerous. Screening the dog’s sleeping areas is essential to prevent repeated bites. Additionally, you should consider receiving monthly yard treatments from a professional mosquito treatment service. Preventative medication should also be used, especially in areas of known infection.

    A periodic blood test is the most secure precaution measure because it will reveal an early infection animal. Because a pet appears healthy is not a reason to believe that it does not have the disease. Your dog could be the carrier responsible for an entire local outbreak.

    Purebred, or mix breed, isn’t your dog’s well-being worth protecting it from dangerous, biting, life threatening mosquitoes?

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    West Nile Virus Dangers

    West Nile virus is a dangerous mosquito-borne illness affecting much of the U.S.

    Mosquitoes spread West Nile virus even in very dry climates like in Arizona. It is bacteria from the mosquito bite that is the source of multiple problems and diseases, including the West Nile Virus (WNV).

    West Nile virus is a dangerous disease transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Hundreds of cases are reported each year, and probably many hundreds more go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. The disease can be present in a mild fever form or a severe encephalitic form.

    West Nile virus facts.

    • West Nile virus (WNV) is a single-strand RNA virus of the familyFlaviviridae, genus Flavivirus. It is spread from birds to mosquitoes to humans.

    • In very rare instances, West Nile has been transmitted via blood transfusion and organ transplant.

    • Transmission of the virus from mother to fetus or through breastfeeding is still being evaluated. Talk to your doctor if you are infected and pregnant or breastfeeding.

    • West Nile virus cannot be spread from human to human except in the rare and unusual circumstances above.

    • Symptoms usually appear 3-14 days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile.

    • Seniors are more likely to develop the severe form of the disease, due to weaker immune systems.

    • Blood donations are screened for West Nile virus before being distributed.

    • The CDC is helping states develop and implement mosquito-control measures to reduce the risk of many mosquito-borne diseases including the West Nile virus.

    • West Nile virus can kill birds, though most survive infection. If you find a dead bird, do not handle it.

    • Pets can also become infected with West Nile virus.

    • Horses can become infected. The horse mortality rate is 40%. According to the CDC, there is a vaccine available from veterinarians for horses, but unfortunately none for humans, yet.


    West Nile symptoms.

    West Nile virus victims often suffer with fevers, flu or cold like symptoms. Many people that have it mistake it for a bad cold or flu.

    2009 West Nile virus activity as reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Serious symptoms may last several weeks and neurological effects may even become permanent. Treatment should be sought immediately if these symptoms are exhibited. Hospitalization is usually required for:

    • High fever

    • Headache

    • Neck stiffness

    • Stupor

    • Disorientation

    • Coma

    • Tremors

    • Convulsions

    • Muscle weakness

    • Loss of vision

    • Numbness

    • Paralysis


    Milder symptoms may last for a few days to several weeks. These have no specific treatment and usually resolve themselves:

    • Fever

    • Headache

    • Body aches

    • Nausea

    • Vomiting

    • Swollen lymph glands

    • Rash on the chest, stomach and back

    Diagnosis of West Nile virus

    Diagnosis is based on the presence of the disease in the locality (any recent travel should be noted to your physician) and the presence of symptoms. West Nile virus or other arboviral disease should be strongly considered when patients over 50 develop unexplained encephalitis or meningitis during mosquito season. Blood tests may confirm the presence of the disease, though prior infections or recent vaccinations can produce false positive results. Some specific testing guidelines can be found at the CDC website. When the disease is extremely serious, a spinal tap or brain imaging may be taken.

    Treatment of West Nile virus

    There is no specific course of treatment for West Nile virus. Most cases resolve themselves with no treatment. Even the most severe cases are typically treated only with supportive therapy such as intravenous fluids and painkillers. Interferon is being investigated as a treatment and shows some promise.

    Prevention of West Nile virus

    Prevention is key when it comes to West Nile virus. You can take a variety of simple measures to greatly reduce your exposure to disease-carrying mosquitoes. These are outlined on our page about mosquitoes.

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