Zika Virus, What You Need to Know
Be prepared with Fords Hometown Services for what is coming in 2016
Protect yourself/clients from effects of the Zika virus. The Zika virus originated in Africa and is prevalent in both South and Central America. Reported cases in the United States have occurred due to traveling in affected countries. However according to the CDC these imported cases could result in the local spread of the virus to some areas of the United States.
The Zika Virus is spread primarily by the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. These mosquitos feed on a person that has been infected with the Zika virus and pass it on to the next. There is some evidence that the virus may be passed from one person to another through sexual contact or may even be passed to nursing babies through breast milk.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus a "global public health emergency".
- Conjunctivitis (red sore eyes)
- Joint pain
However the biggest concern is the impact on unborn babies and the potential for microcephaly. Microcephaly is the failure of the brain to grow at a normal rate resulting in below average head size. The result varies from mortality to intellectual disability. Brazil is the epicenter of the virus, and in 2014 fewer than 150 cases of microcephaly were documented. However since October 22, 2015, 404 cases have been confirmed, and an additional 3670 cases are suspected.
There is no treatment for Zika virus, therefore prevention is the only option.
Preventative procedures include:
- Use insect repellent
- Cover bare skin with clothing
- Keep windows and doors closed
- Pregnant women should avoid traveling to affected areas
- Reducing mosquito populations = call FORD'S HOMETOWN SERVICES
Learn more about our Mosquito Elimination and Prevention Services:
Reducing mosquito populations is a multiple faceted approach and requires season long applications. First inspect the property and identify mosquito breeding sites. Aedes mosquitoes can breed in as little as one half inch of water. Drain and eliminate standing water where possible. Buckets, birdbaths, gutters, and low spots in lawns that drain poorly can be mosquito breeding areas. If standing water is unable to be eliminated it can be treated with larvaecides.
Our mosquito program helps kill and repel active mosquitoes. Our trained and licensed applicators will focus on areas of harborage and breeding. These areas include trees, shrubs, ground cover, under decks, bedding plants, and if applicable wetlands. Applications may be made closer together during high insect pressure or re-infestation but no closer than one week apart. Larvicides may be applied if applicable to breeding sites for further protection. In addition to our applications, our trained applicators will also inspect and make recommendations to the homeowner that may reduce breeding areas. Also, both traditional and organic services are proven to kill and repel fleas, ants, spiders, ticks, and other biting insects.
Prevention is the best medicine!
We continue to protect your family and pets against rising Lyme, West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEEV), and many other diseases. With these rising health issues involving Ticks & Mosquitoes, we are confident you’re in good hands. Unlike most companies, FHS is proud to provide the best coverage and protection using more expensive high pressure spraying equipment.
UPDATEWe are so confident in our results, we are now offering a NEW “SATISFACTION GUARANTEE”. In 2014, we are adding an additional 7th visit in the Fall due to new health concerns and reports. Last season, Worcester County was announced as the focal point of West Nile virus and EEE with the deaths of two men. The reporting of these diseases is highest in the Fall and there was limited Fall protection in last season’s program. The cost per application has not increased, just the number of services.
Also, Due to the threat of the increasing tick population and its relation to Lyme and other serious diseases, we are offering an optional late fall application to eliminate the dangerous egg laying over-wintering adult deer ticks. This is a critical time to spray for control. This will give your family the best protection against both pests. The cost is the same as your regular application price.
Mosquito Suppression Programs
Option 1: "Bite `Em Back" Program
Our trained and licensed pesticide applicators will apply an insecticide spray. This service provides a rapid knockdown/kill and residual protection. A minimum of five (5) treatments is recommended annually. Applications are applied May through September. We also have a 7 application "No Mosquito Guarantee" with the "Bite 'Em Back Program". (Guarantee not offered if you live near wetlands).
Option 2: The Green Alternative Program
The Green Alternative! We are proud to be USDA National Organic Program Compliant. Safe for children and pets! We use all natural botanical rosemary & peppermint oils. This service also provides a rapid knockdown but with a shorter residual protection. Although safer, this program may require more services for equal protection with an additional charge. We now have a 10 application "No Mosquito Guarantee" with the "Green Alternative Program". (Guarantee not offered if you live near wetlands).
Call us today at to discuss your mosquito control needs.
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