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We recognize the utter frustration that property owners inevitably experience when mosquitoes begin to breed nearby.  These pests are known to transmit dozens of diseases so you will want to minimize their populations on your property. The blood-sucking flies have been around for millions of years, feeding on all kinds of mammals, including humans. There are so many different species that it's pretty safe to say that nearly every single creature on the planet has had to deal with them in some way, shape or form. Mosquitoes are small, but the statistics indicate that the lowly and humble mosquito is actually the deadliest creature on Earth.  We provide effective mosquito reduction in Southwest Florida to keep mosquitoes at a minimum on your property allowing you and your family an opportunity to better enjoy your outdoor living area.

Westfall's organic mosquito control is not harmful to humans or pets and can be used to reduce mosquito populations around patios, porches, playgrounds, and swimming pool areas. Mosquitoes like warm, humid, weather and need to be somewhere near still water. All species of mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and some species can do so in just a cup full of water. Even a simple puddle after a rain storm can breed mosquitoes.  Our mosquito control both repels and kills mosquitoes at all stages of growth so families can enjoy the outdoors without worrying. While mosquitoes themselves feed on nectar, females require blood to produce eggs. For this reason, they are nearly always on the lookout for new hosts. Mosquitoes are known for the spread of Zika virus, yellow fever, malaria, and West Nile virus, so protect your family today with our mosquito control program.  One of the best ways to control mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding. That's why a comprehensive mosquito control program is important for your property.  Although mosquitoes are famous for their feeding times during the dusk and dawn hours, during the day, they like to rest in cool, damp areas, normally areas thick with vegetation.

If you are concerned about mosquitoes around your property Call Westfall's Pest Control!  We will schedule a visit from one of our mosquito control specialists to assess your property and discuss treatment options.

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Top 20 Mosquito-Infested Cities

It has been reported that in the 20 most mosquito-infested cities across the nation Texas, Florida and Georgia took the top spots.

Data was examined from top pest control companies across the country between April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017 to determine the areas where customers are most pestered by mosquitoes. Texas earned the "honor" of the top three spots on the list, followed closely by Florida and Tennessee.

The full list of the top 20 cities is:

1. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
2. Houston, Texas
3. San Antonio, Texas
4. Atlanta, Ga.
5. Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
6. Memphis, Tenn.
7. Nashville, Tenn.
8. Austin-Round Rock, Texas
9. Mobile, Ala.
10. Jacksonville, Fla.
11. Cincinnati, Ohio
12. Washington, D.C.
13. Tampa, Fla.
14. Louisville, Ky.
15. Baton Rouge, La.
16. Little Rock, Ark.
17. Tulsa, Okla.
18. Birmingham, Ala.
19. Oklahoma City, Okla.
20. Indianapolis, Ind.

We provide effective mosquito reduction in Southwest Florida to keep mosquitoes at a minimum on your property allowing you and your family an opportunity to better enjoy your outdoor living area.

Westfall's organic mosquito control is not harmful to humans or pets and can be used to reduce mosquito populations around patios, porches, playgrounds, and swimming pool areas.

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What Happens to Mosquitoes in Winter?

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) explains the mosquito’s overwintering cycle

 FAIRFAX, VA (December 8, 2016) – Concerns over Zika virus in the U.S. were at the forefront of public health conversations this year. But what happens when the temperature drops? Do mosquitoes and the diseases they carry such as Zika virus just simply go away? Well, not exactly, says the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

According to the NPMA, how mosquitoes survive the winter differs by species. “Some mosquitoes may overwinter as adults, hibernating in places like hollow logs or burrows created by other animals. Other species may endure the winter in immature life stages, such as larvae and pupa, remaining in a state of diapause, suspending their development during the coldest months,” said Dr. Michael Bentley, staff entomologist for the NPMA.

Carriers of Zika, including the yellow fever and Asian tiger mosquitoes, overwinter in the egg stage, which means as days get shorter and temperatures begin to fall, the last surviving adult females lay their eggs in water-holding containers. The adults eventually die off while the next generation overwinters in the egg stage, waiting to hatch the following spring.

“The newly-deposited eggs survive the winter because they can withstand several months without water, as well as relatively cold conditions,” said Bentley. “As temperatures start to rise and rainfall picks back up again in spring, the eggs are re-submerged and hatch to start the next generation.”

This survival can create implications when the eggs come from an infected mosquito. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found evidence that an infected female mosquito could pass Zika onto her offspring.

“Because the Zika-carrying, Aedes species of mosquitoes overwinter in the egg stage, it could be possible for infected females to lay some eggs that could survive the winter and emerge as diseased adults the following spring,” said Bentley.

The NPMA recommends that homeowners take preventative measures, even in the fall and winter, by inspecting properties for any containers they can remove and keep from holding water. These water collection sites can be harboring eggs. “Mosquitoes need only half an inch of standing water or enough water to fill a soda cap,” said Bentley.

Although mosquitoes may be out of sight, they are waiting it out for spring.

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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

You may have seen the recent news headlines about Zika virus, a rare mosquito-borne disease that has made its way to the United States. While there are no documented cases to date associated with local transmission in the continental United States, Zika virus has been reported in travelers returning from other infected countries – and cases continue to pop up on a near daily basis. Read on to learn more about Zika virus.

Q: How is Zika virus transmitted?
A: Zika virus is spread through the bite of an infected Aedes genus of mosquitoes, which is the same type of mosquito that carries dengue fever and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which live predominantly in tropical and sub-tropical regions, are the primary carriers, but Aedes albopictus mosquitoes might also transmit the virus. This species, commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito, is found much farther north in the summer.

Q: Where is Zika virus found?
A: Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in Africa as an infection of rhesus monkeys in the Zika forest of Uganda. It was later confirmed to cause human disease in 1968. For many years infections appeared to be both rare events and limited to Africa, India, Southeast Asia and western Pacific Island. More recently, epidemics have spread across the Eastern Pacific and into south and Central America. There have also been reports of Zika virus cases in Illinois, Florida, Texas and New York, but all of the individuals obtained the disease while traveling to infected countries.

Q: What are the chances of an outbreak in the United States?
A: While the probability of infected mosquitoes traveling to the United States is unlikely, there is reason to believe that Zika virus can spread locally. If more imported cases continue to surface, especially as the summer months near, it may result in human-to-mosquito-to-human spread of the virus in areas of the country where mosquito vectors are present. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other organization are monitoring the situation closely.

Q: What are the symptoms of Zika virus?
A: In general, most cases cause no symptoms. Only about 1 in 5 people infected with Zika virus become ill. Those who do develop symptoms often experience several days of mild headaches, fever, rash, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and joint pain.

Q: What is the treatment for Zika virus?
A: Zika virus is a self-limiting disease that typically only requires supportive care. Unfortunately, there is no medicine to treat Zika virus, nor any vaccine to prevent it at this time. However, the U.S. government has launched an effort to develop a vaccine given the recent surge in cases in the Americas.

The 20 percent of infected people who actually develop symptoms should get plenty of rest, stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, and take acetaminophen for pain. It’s important to avoid aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) until another infection like dengue fever can be ruled out.

Q: Can infection in a pregnant woman cause birth defects?
A: Little is known about the association between pregnancy and Zika virus, but studies of possible mother-to-child transmission of Zika virus are ongoing in Brazil, where there is a major outbreak of the disease. It is thought that a mother who is already infected near the time of delivery can pass on the virus to her newborn, but this is rare.

Zika virus has also been linked to a neurological disorder called microcephaly, which is known to halt brain development in newborn babies, cause babies to be born with small heads and lead to early death. It should be noted that 2,782 cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil in 2015, when the Zika virus outbreak began, compared to 147 cases in 2014 and 167 cases in 2013.

Q: How can I prevent Zika virus?
A: The NPMA urges people to protect their skin from mosquito bites when outdoors by applying an effective insect repellant containing at least 20% DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. People who are spending long amounts of time outdoors should also consider wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts to limit exposure to mosquitoes. The type of mosquito that carries Zika virus is a daytime biter, so taking preventive measures at all times of the day is crucial.

It’s also important to take steps around one’s property to combat mosquito nesting and breeding sites. This includes eliminating standing water in or around the home, keeping windows and doors properly screened and repairing even the smallest tear or hole.

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Mosquito Facts

Fеw animals оn Earth evoke tһе antipathy tһаt mosquitoes do. Tһеіг itchy, irritating bites аnԁ nеагӏу ubiquitous presence саn ruin а backyard barbecue ог а hike іn tһе woods. Tһеу һаνе аn uncanny ability tо sense оυг murderous intentions, tаkіng flight аnԁ disappearing milliseconds Ьеfоге а fatal swat. Anԁ іn оυг bedrooms, tһе persistent, whiny hum оf tһеіг buzzing wings саn wake tһе soundest оf sleepers.

Bеуоnԁ tһе nuisance factor, mosquitoes аге carriers, ог vectors, fог ѕоmе оf humanity’s mоѕt deadly illnesses, аnԁ tһеу аге public enemy number оnе іn tһе fight аgаіnѕt global infectious disease. Mosquito-borne diseases саυѕе millions оf deaths worldwide еνегу year wіtһ а disproportionate effect оn children аnԁ tһе elderly іn developing countries.

Tһеге аге mоге tһаn 3,000 species оf mosquitoes, Ьυt tһе members оf tһгее bear primary responsibility fог tһе spread оf human diseases. Anopheles mosquitoes аге tһе оnӏу species knоwn tо carry malaria. Tһеу аӏѕо transmit filariasis (also called elephantiasis) аnԁ encephalitis. Culex mosquitoes carry encephalitis, filariasis, аnԁ tһе West Nile virus. Anԁ Aedes mosquitoes, оf wһісһ tһе voracious Asian tiger іѕ а member, carry yellow fever, dengue, аnԁ encephalitis.

Mosquitoes υѕе exhaled carbon dioxide, body odors аnԁ temperature, аnԁ movement tо home іn оn tһеіг victims. Onӏу female mosquitoes һаνе tһе mouth parts nесеѕѕагу fог sucking blood. Wһеn biting wіtһ tһеіг proboscis, tһеу stab twо tubes іntо tһе skin: оnе tо inject аn enzyme tһаt inhibits blood clotting; tһе оtһег tо suck blood іntо tһеіг bodies. Tһеу υѕе tһе blood nоt fог tһеіг оwn nourishment Ьυt аѕ а source оf protein fог tһеіг eggs. Fог food, Ьоtһ males аnԁ females eat nectar аnԁ оtһег plant sugars.

Mosquitoes transmit disease іn а variety оf ways. In tһе case оf malaria, parasites attach tһеmѕеӏνеѕ tо tһе gut оf а female mosquito аnԁ enter а host аѕ ѕһе feeds. In оtһег cases, ѕυсһ аѕ yellow fever аnԁ dengue, а virus enters tһе mosquito аѕ іt feeds оn аn infected human аnԁ іѕ transmitted νіа tһе mosquito’s saliva tо а subsequent victim.

Tһе оnӏу silver lining tо tһаt cloud оf mosquitoes іn уоυг garden іѕ tһаt tһеу аге а reliable source оf food fог thousands оf animals, including birds, bats, dragonflies, аnԁ frogs. In addition, humans аге асtυаӏӏу nоt tһе fігѕt choice fог mоѕt mosquitoes ӏооkіng fог а meal. Tһеу υѕυаӏӏу prefer horses, cattle, аnԁ birds.

Aӏӏ mosquitoes nееԁ water tо breed, ѕо eradication аnԁ population-control efforts υѕυаӏӏу involve removal ог treatment оf standing water sources. Insecticide spraying tо kill adult mosquitoes іѕ аӏѕо widespread. However, global efforts tо stop tһе spread оf mosquitoes аге һаνіng ӏіttӏе effect, аnԁ mаnу scientists tһіnk global warming wіӏӏ ӏіkеӏу increase tһеіг number аnԁ range.

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This update from Daniel Change in Miami. "Miami Beach residents living and working near four sites where traps captured Zika-positive mosquitoes in August and September said public health officials didn’t tell them until Wednesday — after the Miami Herald sued to get the locations — that the traps were as close as their back yards and school yards, potentially upping their risk.

“’I feel it was a real failure of communication,’ said Galen Treuer, 37, a student at the University of Miami who lives at 1236 Drexel Ave., one of four Miami Beach addresses identified Wednesday by Miami-Dade mosquito control officials. ‘They weren’t giving out information to reduce our exposure.’

“Paola Castro, a 33-year-old who lives in an apartment building at another of the sites — 1619 Meridian Ave., just south of Lincoln Road Mall — said she would have liked to have known, too. ‘That’s information they should say immediately, so people can take precautions, like not dressing in black and wearing repellent,’ she said.

“Nearly all of the locations in Miami Beach where traps captured mosquitoes carrying Zika virus are in residential areas, though some are next to schools and near tourist destinations. The county identified four addresses in South Beach after the Miami Herald filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade seeking the locations.

“In addition to the Drexel Avenue and Meridian Avenue sites, the county said the Zika-carrying mosquitoes were trapped at 932 Lenox Ave., a yellow, two-story townhouse on a residential block, and 2378 Prairie Ave., a single-family home across the street from Miami Beach Senior High and near Hebrew Academy’s Rabbi Alexander Gross High School, the Miami Beach Golf Club and the Bayshore Municipal Golf Course.

“A fifth site — Miami Beach Botanical Garden at 2000 Convention Center Dr. — was identified on Sept. 1, when Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services first announced that traps had captured mosquitoes carrying Zika. However, the garden had been closed three days prior to the announcement.

“The mosquitoes trapped at the five locations tested positive for Zika in late August and early September. But subsequent samples captured at the same sites have been negative for the virus, Miami-Dade officials said.”

Source: The Miami Herald

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