Victoria Texas, just like much of the rest of Texas, has an environment and climate extremely amenable to mosquitoes and their breeding cycle. With relatively mild winters and hot and humid summers, the breeding season for mosquitoes can be much longer here than in other areas of the country. As a result of this, thousands and thousands of mosquitoes are out in force looking for their next blood meal. It does not matter what they come across, whether it’s a squirrel, dog or you, female mosquitoes are simply looking for a blood meal in order to further facilitate breeding. With such a ripe environment for mosquito breeding and an elevated mosquito population, vector-borne illnesses (diseases spread specifically by mosquitoes) are becoming a concern for health workers across the entire state.
West Nile virus is being found in pools of water throughout the state and is very concerning for health officials. This means out of the thousands of pools, of which only a slight minority were tested, the West Nile virus was found in mosquito larvae which would eventually become adult mosquitoes ready to transmit the virus. Symptoms of West Nile virus include high fever, body aches and a possible severe headache. According to one article, “About 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile virus will suffer more sever symptoms, including encephalitis, meningitis and polio-like paralysis”. In 2012, in Dallas County alone, there were over 400 human cases and 20 deaths attributed to West Nile Virus. Symptoms like these make the true nature of the damage mosquitoes are capable of starkly apparent. It’s not only West Nile virus that has health workers concerned either. Since chikungunya made its debut, the sudden realization of how hospitable the environment in Texas is to mosquitoes had health officials very concerned.
At first, chikungunya was a traveler’s disease (meaning the person infected was bitten while abroad and did not contract the disease here in Texas), but now that may be changing. In a recent article, Dr. Kristy Murray of Texas Children’s Hospital stated, “They (mosquitoes) will bite a person who has the disease, become infected and then go on to bite another person and give the disease onto that person”. As a result of this, they are testing hundreds of children for chikungunya. Dr. Murray also stated, “As far as I’m aware, this is actually the only study in the United States that’s taking a very active approach at looking for chikungunya”. It was merely a few months ago when nobody had ever heard of chikungunya, but experts in Texas say the climate is just right for an outbreak if the right steps are not taken. So far, thankfully, there are no positive results, but Dr. Murray stated,” It won’t be a shock at all a child does eventually test positive”.
The key catalyst in these virus’ transmission is the Asian tiger mosquito which is abundant here in Texas. Unlike our native mosquitoes, which the Asian tiger is not, the Asian tiger feeds during the hot hours of the day and is much more aggressive. This simple fact makes it more important than ever to rid your yard of all mosquitoes, no matter what species they may be. Make sure to rid your yard of all standing water and always abide by the 5 T’s. When it comes to protecting you and your family, having a commercial mosquito control service at your disposal is literally a lifesaver. Mosquito Squad of Victoria is ready to take on any buzzing, biting mosquitoes your yard may have. To ensure you and your loved ones are not bitten, much less infected with chikungunya, we offer a barrier spray that will put down all the biting pests in your yard with no odor or residue. You shouldn’t have to worry about going in your yard for fear of being infected by a foreign illness, transmitted through a foreign mosquito. We will help you take your yard back, no more bites, no more worries. For any questions regarding Victoria Texas mosquitoes and the disease they can potentially transmit, call us at (361) 808-4329 or contact us online.