Outbreaks of Zika Virus from Mosquitos

According to the CDC, “Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika outbreaks have probably occurred in many locations. Before 2007, at least 14 cases of Zika had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Because the symptoms of Zika are similar to those of many other diseases, many cases may not have been recognized.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas.

Specific areas where Zika is spreading are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time. If traveling, please visit the CDC Travelers’ Health site for the most updated travel information.”

From one of our clients

So today we wanted to share a note from one of our clients. Here it goes:

"Dear Homestead,

I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how great the service tech was that came to the house.  Last week we set up an appointment for service because we had the never ending ant problem like most of your clients, I'm sure.  So the next day, Greg came out and did an inspection on the house and sprayed an ant killer. 
I was curious about the pets we have and how that would affect them and he let me know that the animals were going to be fine. 
Once he was finished with the outside he treated the area around the pool just as we asked Ms. Carol in the office to tell him.

Thanks so much for your help and we are very happy with the pest control treatment you provide."

 

If you are seeing ants in your home, please don't hesitate to give us a call at

731.422.2643

Mosquitos are coming! Mosquitos are coming!!

As we get ready for the upcoming rain and humid days and with mosquitoes being a hot topic in our area, learning all you can for mosquito prevention goes a long way.

There are some steps you can take to help discourage the mosquito population around your home.

  • Change water in pet bowls at least once a day
  • Change water in bird baths and wading pools at least once a week
  • After a rain, check for holes or low areas in your yard that are not draining well. If these areas still have water after a few days, regrade by filling or leveling these areas out
  • Look for and repair outside leaky faucets
  • Check trash or weeds in drains or ditches to keep water from collecting in these areas
  • Check and clear your gutters for debris or standing water
  • Keep plant saucers clear of accumulated standing water

Prevention and ongoing perimeter checks are key to reducing mosquito population around your home. You have other options for mosquito control as well that we can provide.

Try as-needed mosquito yard sprays:

  • The technician will spray the entire yard, plus all bushes, trees and landscape areas.
  • The technician will also let you know of all potential breeding areas, such as low-lying areas or objects in the yard that collect stagnant water to avoid future issues.

Mistaway Mosquito Misting Systems:

  • Our precision-engineered mosquito misting nozzles are installed about every 10-15 feet around the perimeter of your property; on fence lines, trees and risers positioned in the landscaping for a mosquito-free yard.
  • Your system can also help control other unwanted insects, like spiders, flies and gnats.
  • The misting unit’s electronic controller is programmed to automatically initiate a 30 – 60 second mist around dawn and again at dusk, when the mosquitoes are most active and other beneficial insects – like bees and butterflies – are not.

Whichever options you choose, as needed or permanent year round, mosquito control has come a long way with providing safer, environmentally friendly options for protecting your family and pets from mosquito infestations.