Is Zika Still a Threat in the US?

The mosquito-borne Zika virus dominated the news headlines for much of the summer of 2016. Although the Centers for Disease Control lifted the last Zika cautionary travel designations in June and August of 2017, it is warning that the Zika threat is far from over. Why Is Zika so Dangerous? In adults, the Zika virus is typically not life-threatening. The symptoms of fever, headache, rash, and muscle and joint pain are typically mild to moderate and resolve within a week. Most people do not even get sick enough to seek medical treatment. The primary danger occurs when pregnant women become infected....
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Mosquito Repellent Myths

Mosquitoes are by far some of the oldest pests known to mankind. Over the years, these problematic insects have earned a reputation for spreading sickness and disease. To keep mosquitoes away, homeowners and businesses throughout Texas are urged to take the necessary precautions. During the warmer months, mosquito bites are especially common. Here are some of the biggest myths about mosquito repellent. Essential Oils Are Effective Mosquito Repellents In an effort to repel mosquitoes, some people apply essential plant oils such as lemon eucalyptus and citronella. While mosquitoes do not like the smell of these essential oils, using them will not...
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Tips for Choosing the Right Mosquito Repellent for Your Family

Mosquitoes are both a nuisance and a potentially dangerous health threat due to a number of viruses they can transmit to humans. We understand how important it is that you provide a safe environment for your loved ones. Dealing with mosquito infestations promptly can offer you peace of mind that the well-being of your family is protected. All of this considered, it can be very overwhelming to attempt to discern the best method of preventing mosquito infestations or dealing with them once they occur. There are a number of options available. Consider the following basic facts regarding each option to help...
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Where Mosquitoes are Common in Austin

Austin's climate makes the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes. These blood-sucking insects thrive in warm, humid areas where they can multiply and feed on people and animals. They're found throughout residential, commercial, recreational and industrial landscapes in both rural and urban areas. Mosquitoes don't pop up out of thin air; in fact, they're in the most common places in a yard. 4 Places Where Mosquitoes are Found Bodies of Water Lakes, ponds and streams attract female mosquitoes. They lay their eggs in water, requiring only an inch for the eggs to survive. Once the eggs hatch, they remain in the water...
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Where Do Mosquitoes Go in the Winter?

Mosquitoes are a well-known summertime pest, often showing up to ruin outdoor get-togethers and camping trips. However, just because mosquitoes are less active during the winter months doesn't mean that they disappear. By understanding the life cycle of a mosquito, you can take steps to protect your home from the these irritating blood-suckers when the weather warms again.  Mosquito Life Cycle Mosquitoes lay their eggs in the fall in areas of stagnant water. These eggs work their way into the soil and lay dormant until spring, when they begin to hatch. Warm, damp weather encourages mosquito larvae to emerge form the...
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