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Chikungunya Disease is Here

Mosquito Squad of Wilmington & Myrtle Beach Can Protect You!

3 confirmed cases in South Carolina, 10 confirmed cases in North Carolina and numerous cases in other surrounding states: Chikungunya is in our area. The news was certainly something to be aware of although travelers to other countries coming home imported all the confirmed cases. That changed last week when 2 local cases of the mosquito-borne virus were confirmed in Florida, where the first imported cases were initially noted, in residents who had not recently traveled.

Following the outbreak in other countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) along with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) published guidelines on preparedness and response for Chikungunya in an effort to prevent and control the disease once it appeared in the States. That has now been realized in the same manner that it appeared in other countries, by mosquitoes biting an infected person and transmitting the disease on. With the number of imported cases increasing rapidly, local transmission is now one to be concerned with.

While Chikungunya is considered a painful disease, not a fatal disease, there is no commercial vaccine available to prevent the illness nor any specific treatment. After being bitten by an infected mosquito, most symptoms present themselves within three to seven days and include high fever and severe joint pain however, headaches, back pain, myalgias, nausea, vomiting, polyarthritis, rash and conjunctivitis has also been reported. Atypical symptoms can occur, although rare and include neurological, ocular, cardiovascular, dermatological, and renal.

So how do you keep your family safe? The WHO and CDC’s report states the only available method for preventing an ongoing transmission of a possible Chikungunya epidemic is to protect individual against mosquito bites. Is it possible to protect your family against mosquito bites considering the Asian Tiger mosquito, the known aggressive daytime feeder, is the species of mosquitoes that transmits Chikungunya? The answer is yes, if you call Mosquito Squad of Wilmington or Mosquito Squad of Myrtle Beach. Our barrier treatment eliminates up to 90% of mosquitoes in your yard, on contact. It’s our superior product combination applied to the foliage in your yard, where mosquitoes feed and rest that makes Mosquito Squad’s barrier treatment so effective.

Our barrier treatment program provides continuous protection, applied every 21 days on schedule, to your yard. In addition to eliminating mosquitoes on contact, the treatment creates a barrier around your yard to keep additional mosquitoes away. Having your yard treated is the best prevention for mosquitoes and the bites that could transmit Chikungunya. In addition, taking a walk around your yard to tip over any standing water will eliminate areas where mosquitoes can breed. With the amount of rain we have received this summer, check areas like dog bowls, tire swings, clogged gutter and plant saucers. Mosquitoes only need a teaspoon of water to produce hundreds of eggs.

Together with your efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and Mosquito Squad of Wilmington and Mosquito Squad of Myrtle Beach’s barrier treatment, mosquitoes can be eliminated from you yard, keeping you and your family safe from bites and potential disease. Call us today to sign up for our barrier treatment program so you can enjoy your yard without the threat of mosquitoes and their bites.