Researchers Say Texas Is on Borrowed Time for a Local Zika Outbreak

Author: Mosquito Squad of Victoria

While our main priority at Mosquito Squad of Victoria is helping you to keep your yard mosquito and tick free, we do find it to be imperative we keep you informed on anything relevant in the news regarding vector-borne illnesses. While reports have Zika being transmitted only within Miami, FL, analysts are almost certain the spread of the virus will follow the predicted path. Prior to Zika being transmitted in Miami, earlier this year in March to be exact. University of Texas professor Sahotra Sarkar and a group of researchers developed a map showing the relative risks of U.S. cities for a local Zika outbreak based on both international travel and the prevalence of mosquito types that can potentially carry Zika in the cities researched. The #1 location for the first local Zika outbreak was indeed Miami, FL.

The disconcerting question is where it will pop up next. After Miami and the Ft. Lauderdale area, Zika was predicted to be spread in Houston and then in Dallas. In addition to the fears of researchers are the shortcomings of Congress in failing to pass additional funding to combat the spread of Zika. It almost appears as though mosquito control will be left to privately contracted companies as the government has not provided anything resembling aid. The climate in our area is perfect for a massive mosquito population which will last long into the fall months as well as the fact the mosquito known to transmit Zika, Aedes aegypti, is extremely common in our area.

With all the uncertainty about when and where the next local outbreak will come from, we want to iterate there are no known local transmissions of Zika within Texas. The best method of combating the potential for an outbreak is to be vigilant. Always remember to follow the “T’s of Mosquito Control” and if you notice mosquitoes in your yard quite often, you should have it treated on a regular basis. The reasoning behind this is that there’s no vaccine or cure for Zika at the moment. This is precisely where Mosquito Squad of Victoria can be of assistance. Our barrier spray can reduce the mosquito population within your yard by up to 90% and if you notice there’s still an abundance of mosquitoes after we perform our spray, simply call us and we’ll return to respray.